09 - Polsci 1101 4/14/09 The President as Legislator...

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Polsci 1101 4/14/09 The President as Legislator President has a legislative role in our system Separate Institutions Sharing Power Nominations and Appointments President Nominates: Congressional Consent: Cabinet Secretaries Majority Vote (Senate):51 Ambassadors Majority Vote (Senate):51 Supreme Court Justices Majority Vote (Senate):51 Vice-Presidential Vacancy Majority Vote (Both) Recess Appointments None Separate Institutions Sharing Power Legislation and Foreign Policy Presidential Action: Congressional Action: May Sign Legislation w/in 10 days (not Sunday) Majority Vote (Both) May Veto Legislation 2/3rds Vote (Both) Treaty Ratification 2/3rds Vote (Senate) Executive Agreement None Congressional-Executive Agreement (NAFTA) Majority Vote (Both) Separate Institutions Sharing Power Removing the President Presidential Action: Congressional Action: “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” Presidential Impeachment Majority Vote (House) Presidential Indictment/Removal 2/3rds Vote (Senate) Presidential “Legislative” Powers Inform Congress on the state of the union Power to Recommend Legislation Power to Veto Legislation o Has regular package veto: veto’s whole thing, not line item veto o Qualified Veto: because congress can override president’s veto o Pocket veto: President has 10 days to veto, but if congress is on recess
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