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Executive Branch

Powers, Role, Qualifications
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Chief of State
Ceremonial Head of the Gov't
Chief Executive
In charge of enforcing the law
Chief Administrator
The boss of 3 million bureaucrats
Chief Diplomat
Directs all foreign policy decisions, negotiations
Commander-in-Chief
Controls the military, combat decisions
Chief Legislator
Exec branch initiates most laws, veto power
Chief of Party
leads party policy and platform
Chief Citizen
Moral Leader of the country, Bully pulpit
Chief Economist
Hold the president responsible for state of the economy
Formal Qualifications of President
Natural Born Citizen, 35 years old, 14 year resident
Presidential Term
4 year terms
Pay and Benefits
$400,000 salary + $50,000 expenses, White House, Air Force One, Camp David, etc.
Presidential Succession Order
VP, Speaker, President Pro Tem, Cabinet
22nd Amendment
Limited to 2 term presidency
25th Amendment
Allows for Vice President Succession and temporary transfer of power
Expressed Powers
Powers granted to a branch of government that are written into the Constitution
Implied Powers
Powers not written in the Constitution, but the branch is still able to do it
Powers of President
-Executive Orders
-Appointment/Removal
-Foreign Policy - President dominates
-Commander-in-Chief
-Congressional Resolutions
-Legislative Powers
-Judicial Powers
Powers of Congress
-Budget, Power of the Purse, Congress passes one every year (late)
-Power to Tax
-Power to Borrow - $14 trillion debt
-Commerce Power - Congress can regulate interstate/foreign/Indian comm.
-Currency Power - power to establish and regulate currency
-Foreign Relations Powers - treaties, funding (President dominates)
-War Powers - only Congress can declare war
Why Presidential power has grown
1. More powerful relative to Congress
2. Federal Government more powerful relative to states
3. Government is more involved in our lives
4. United States is more powerful as a country