Formal and informal powers of congress

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Compared to the explicit powers of the Congress, the Constitution grants far fewer explicit powers to the President, the ambiguity and vagueness of Article II have made it possible for presidents to expand their authority greatly beyond that specifically listed in the Constitution.

As the most powerful single individual in the U. The President is responsible for making a great many number of appointments, the most important of which are his cabinet and federal judges.

Formal and informal powers of congress

Also, Congress can hold hearings. The President is the final authority in military matters and ultimately is responsible for the entire military might of the United States.

Another formal power provided to the president would be the power to Veto laws passed by congress. While these powers also require the approval of the senate, they greatly increase the power of the presidential office and legitimize the office among foreign nations who also have a single, powerful, figure head leading the government.

The President has the right to conduct diplomatic missions and set foreign policy on behalf of the United States.

The President has the ability to declare a 90 day period of Emergency during which he can use the full force of the ilitary without seeking permission from Congress either in the form of a declaration of war or through funding.

In most cases, a veto will kill a proposed bill. Two more formal powers provided to the president include the power to make political appointment and to negotiate treaties with foreign nations.

The President has the power to pardon or commute the sentence of convicted criminals. These are just a few of the more powerful formal powers provided to the president, others include the ability to call congress in session and then also the power to adjourn, the power to grant pardons for federal crimes, and the responsibility to ensure that all passed laws are faithfully executed.

Powers written out in the Constitution were meant to be used regularly and without conflict, while the informal powers are only inferred from the Constitution and are generally not to be used regularly.

The Constitution explicitly assigns to the president these powers and while some of them require the approval of congress, they greatly expand the power and legitimacy of the office.

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