5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- State of the Union
- How much power do presidents really have, and under what circumstances do they exercise it?
- head of government
- signing statement
- go public
- a 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
- b An annual speech in which the president address Congress to report on the condition of the country and recommend policies
- c one role of the president, through which he or she has authority over the executive branch.
- d 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
- e Ambiguities in the Constitution and in statutory authority allow the president to act unilaterally- that is, to change politices without congressional approval. All recent presidents have taken unilateral actions especially on foreign policy and at the end of their terms. Congress can try to undo unilateral presidential actions by passing legislation with a veto-proof, two-thirds majority. Even then, reversing the president's action may require a court challenge if the president claims he is using constitutional authority. Congress also has te power to remove the president from office through the impeachment procedure. Impeachment is a cumbersome and politically risky strategy, however, and it has never been successfully used to remove a president.
5 Multiple choice questions
- the percentage of Americans who feel that the president is doing a good job in office.
- the right of the president to keep executive branch conversations and correspondence confidential from the legislative and judicial branches
- proclamations made by the president that change government policy without congressional approval
- one role of the president, through which he or she represents the country symbolically and politically
- powers derived from the provisions of the Constitution that outline the president's role in government
5 True/False questions
What does the executive branch do? How is it organized? → The president's duties include overseeing the implementation of legislation; appointing senior government officials and federal judges; issuing executive orders; serving as military commander in chief; directing America's foreign policy; proposing, signing and vetoing legislation; and carrying out other duties. The president is a politician who needs to cultivate citizens' support to get reelected, to pressure Congress to enact his proposals, and to help elect candidates from his party. Even after 220 years of American history, the limits of presidential power in such areas as national security and executive privilege remain unclear
unitary executive theory → proclamations made by the president that change government policy without congressional approval
Who are America's presidents? What effect have presidential actions had, and how has the presidency developed over time? → 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.
cabinet → the group of fifteen executive department heads who implement the president's agenda in their respective positions
vesting clause → one role of the president, through which he or she represents the country symbolically and politically