The Role of the Executive Branch Essay

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The Role of the Executive Branch The Constitution declares that the executive power shall reside in the president and mentions “executive departments,” but it does not go into detail about the structure or organization of the president’s branch of government (Pfiffner, James 118). The Constitution grants the president limited powers, which is a good thing because we’re not looking for an authoritarian leader to run our country. In this paper I will discuss the powers of the executive branch, how he faithfully executes laws, and what powers the president has that is associated with his branch. Article II Section I of the United States Constitution states, “The executive power shall be vested…show more content…
If he doesn’t approve, he has the power to veto the bill, which in turn can be passed if it receives two-thirds vote form the Senate. These are obvious powers the president has compared to his powers over the bureaucracies. The Executive Office of the presidency is made up of White House offices and agencies. These offices, such as the National Security Council and the Office of Management and Budget help develop and implement the policy and programs of the President (FirstGov). The National Security Council was established by the National Security Act of 1947. Later in 1949, as part of the Reorganization Plan, the Council was placed in the Executive Office of the President (www.whitehouse.gov). The cabinet is another department the president has control over. The “president’s cabinet” is an institution based on practice and precedent, for it has no basis in the Constitution or law (Pfiffner, James 119). The purpose of the Cabinet is to advise the President on matters relating to the duties of their respective offices. As the President's closest and most trusted advisors, members of the Cabinet attend weekly meetings with the President (FirstGov). The Cabinet traditionally includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments which the president appoints himself. The president is very close and needs to trust his cabinet members, because
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