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Congress & the PresidentPOL/115Gregory McKeeJuly 15th, 2019Instructor: Lane Seever
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In this paper I will describe the contemporary activities of both the American president and Congress as well as compare these activities with those of the founding fathers. The founding fathers divided the United States government into three branches: legislative, judicial, and executive.CongressCongress is a part of the legislative branch. The states of the union decided that congress as we recognize today, would become the bicameral Congress. The bicameral Congress is made up of two chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Senate is the upper chamber of Congress and is composed of senators that each represent a state. There are currently 100 senators that make up the Senate. The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of Congress and is currently made up of 435 representatives that sit in congressional districts each allocated to the 50 states. Together the Senateand the House of Representatives compose the legislature. Congress is responsible for making laws, controlling commerce and trade, and building the military. Congress also has the powerful abilities to both impeach the president and declare war when necessary. As it stands today, both the executive branch and the judicial branches haven’t changed a lot since the founding fathers of the United States. Congress, however, has dramatically changed. The founding fathers had the idea to separate the government into three branches and apply checks and balances to ensure that no branch becomes more powerful than another. Congress having the ability to make laws, makes the legislative branch arguably the most powerful these days.
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