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Treaty power The president has the authority to negotiate treaties with other nations. These formal  international agreements do not go into effect, however, until ratified by a two-thirds vote  of the Senate. Although most treaties are routinely approved, the Senate rejected the  Treaty of Versailles (1919), which ended World War I and which President Woodrow  Wilson had signed, and, more recently, refused to take action on President Jimmy  Carter's SALT II Treaty on arms limitation (1979).  Appointment power The president selects many people to serve the government in a wide range of offices:  most important among them are ambassadors, members of the Supreme Court and the 
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Unformatted text preview: federal courts, and cabinet secretaries. More than 2,000 of these positions require confirmation (approval) by the Senate under the "advice and consent" provision of the Constitution. Confirmation hearings can become controversial, as did the hearing for Clarence Thomas, President George H. W. Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court. Sometimes appointments to ambassadorships are given as a reward for faithful service to the president's political party or for significant campaign contributions. Such appointments are considered patronage....
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