5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- vesting clause
- fast-track authority
- signing statement
- first-mover advantage
- Who are America's presidents? What effect have presidential actions had, and how has the presidency developed over time?
- a Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution, which states that "executive Power shall be vested in a President of the USA," making the president both head of the government and head of state
- b a document issued by the president when signing a bill into law explaining his interpretation of the Law, which often differs from from the interpretation of Congress, in an attempt to influence how the law will be implemented
- c an expedited system for passing treaties under which support from a simple majority, rather than a two-thirds majority, is needed in both the House and Senate, and no amendments are allowed.
- d the president's power to initiate treaty negotiations. Congress cannot initiate treaties and can only consider them once they have been negotiated
- e Presidents have done important things, such as expanding US territory, fighting wars, and creating new domestic programs. It matters who gets elected president. Many presidential accomplishments are made in the face of high levels of conflict between the president and Congress, the president and the courts, or between all 3 branches of government. The power of the presidency has expanded over time, in part because of the increased power and size of the US.
5 Multiple choice questions
- powers derived from the provisions of the Constitution that outline the president's role in government
- the percentage of Americans who feel that the president is doing a good job in office.
- a president's use of speeches and other public communications to appeal directly to citizens about issues the president would like the House and Senate to act on
- any policy decision made and acted upon by the president and his staff without the explicit approval or consent of congress
- an agreement between the executive branch and a foreign government which acts as a treaty but does not require Senate approval.
5 True/False questions
head of government → one role of the president, through which he or she represents the country symbolically and politically
What does the executive branch do? How is it organized? → Political appointees in the Executive Office of the President, along with the VP and appointees in executive departments and agencies, help the president manage the federal government and provide political assistance to the president and to candidates from his political party. The primary mission of presidential appointees is to help the president achieve his or her policy goals. As such, loyalty to the president is generally valued over policy expertise. VP Dick Cheney was the most powerful VP in American history owing to his experience, expertise, and general agreement with Pres Bush
unitary executive theory → proclamations made by the president that change government policy without congressional approval
cabinet → a president's use of speeches and other public communications to appeal directly to citizens about issues the president would like the House and Senate to act on
two presidencies → a president's use of speeches and other public communications to appeal directly to citizens about issues the president would like the House and Senate to act on