president decides it is time to make a new policy, or at least talk about making one, Congressmust go into session to elaborate on the future of the policy. Due to these powers, thepresident has a large influence over the development of domestic policies.b) Although the president has a strong influence over domestic policies, his abilities toinfluence policymaking in Congress are hindered due to mandatory spending and partypolarization. Mandatory spending is government spending on programs that are required by lawand are not controlled by yearly decisions on budget. Some examples of these programs areSocial Security and Medicare. Mandatory spending limits the president’s ability to influencedomestic policymaking in Congress because the forced spending leaves little money left of thebudget. This means it prevents a lot of the money needed for policies to actually go to thepolicies and their goals. Party polarization is an increase in the divergence of political ideas andparties. This can limit the president’s ability to influence domestic policymaking because itcauses the opposing party to almost always block policy goals in Congress, due to an increase inopposing views. If a democratic president is pushing for a policy involving an increase ingovernmental assistance with medical expenses, the republican senators and representatives inCongress will usually strongly oppose, due to their party’s views. If republicans are the majorityparty at the time, the president’s authority involving calling Congress into session or vetoingtheir policy will not matter because the policies will never be passed to begin with. This system
AP Government FRQ | Domestic Policies | Taylor Murphyof checks blocks the president from having complete influence over domestic policies that arepassed by Congress.