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Congress & the PresidentPOL/115January 28, 2019Congress & the President
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When the founding fathers created the American Constitution, they envisioned three branches of government. The three branches were created as equal powers and had checks and balances in place to ensure one did not grow more powerful than the other. In the following essay we will examine the Legislative and Executive branches of government. We will compare and contrast if today’s government is what our founding fathers envisioned. First we will explore the structure and makeup of Congress, the difference between House of Representatives and Senate, how Congress gained its power, and the checks and balances in place. After discussing the different aspects of Congress, we will shift our focus to the President. During our discussion, we will discover the roles and responsibilities of the President, the evolution of Presidential power, and finally how bills become laws. Structure of Congress and the Difference between House and SenateThe Legislative branch of government consists of two chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate. When the two chambers come together they are called Congress. The House of Representatives is made up of 435 elected members, divided among 50 states based on the proportion of their population, there is also 6 non-voting members from the four territories, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia (The Legislative Branch, 2019). The Senate is comprised of 50 members, 2 from each respective state. The standard structure of our Legislative branch of government is how our founding fathers envisioned. There are subtitle differences such as “The Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929”, which capped the House of Representatives members at 435 (The Permanent Apportionment Act, 2019). The Senate was also chosen by state legislatures, and not by popular vote (The Legislative Branch, 2019).
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  • Fall '19
  • Benjamin Bolger
  • Separation of Powers, President of the United States, United States Congress

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