Powers and restraints of the president
Powers without restraints
The President of the United States has numerous powers, including those explicitly granted by Article II of the Constitution, implied powers, powers granted by Acts of Congress, and enormous influence and soft power from his position as leader of the United States.
Duties of the President:
1. The speeches the president gives to Congress are called the State of the Union address.
2. The president can suggest that ...view middle of the document...
This has been done to deal with national emergencies.
4. If the House and Senate cannot agree on adjournment, the president can intervene.
5. The president receives ambassadors and public ministers of foreign powers.
The Process of Impeachment: The president can be impeached for aiding an enemy; giving or accepting money, gift, or favours illegally; serious crimes; or bad behaviour.
Within the executive branch itself, the President has broad powers to manage national affairs and the workings of the federal government. The President can issue rules, regulations, and instructions called executive orders, which have the binding force of law upon federal agencies but do not require congressional approval.
* Powers related to legislation – Bills etc.
* Powers of appointment – from top official from us government agencies to white house staff
* Executive clemency – such as ‘Pardon’ and ‘communication’
* Foreign affairs – international level > national
* Executive privilege - gives the president the ability to withhold information from the public, congress and the courts in a matter of national security
Restraints of presidential power
Congress can override with a two thirds majority vote and congress must confirm presidential appointment such as Supreme Court appointments.
Also referendums undermine the president’s power.