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Checks and Balances of Power, considering Congress and the President Checks and balances is a system that allows one branch of government to limit the exercise of power by another branch; requires the different parts of government to work together (Krutz & Wasiewicz, 2017). "Some enumerated powers invested in the Congress were included to specifically to serve as checks on the other powerful branches of government” (Krutz & Wasiewicz, 2017, p. 121). This includes Congress's sole power to introduce legislation, the senate’s final say on many presidential nominations and treaties signed by the president (Krutz &Wasiewicz, 2017). Examples of check and balances of power considering the president are; while our president is our commander in chief of the armed forces, only Congress can declare war (N.D., 2012). "And the supreme court can check Congress and the president by declaring laws unconstitutional" (N.D., 2012). Also, the Senate approves nominees to the supreme court that provides the legislative branch a check of the judicial branch (N.D., 2012). Roles and the Responsibilities of the President "The framers of the constitution struggled to find the proper balance between giving the president the power to perform the job on one hand and opening the way for a president to abuse
5power and act like a monarch on the other" (Krutz & Wasiewicz, 2017, p. 133). The United States Constitution states that the president was to be the commander in chief of the armed forces, negotiate treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate, and receive representatives offoreign nations (Krutz & Wasiewicz, 2017). The president is given broad power to pardon those convicted of federal offenses; take charge, "take care that the laws be faithfully executed" (Krutz & Wasiewicz, 2017, p. 133). Finally, the president's job also includes nominating federal judges including supreme court justices, as well as other federal officials, and making appointments to fill military and diplomatic posts (Krutz & Wasiewicz, 2017).Evolution of Presidential Power The evolution of presidential power had been established that the occupants of the office, starting with George Washington, began acting in ways that expanded both its formal and informal powers (Krutz & Wasiewicz, 2017). For example, Washington created a group of advisors to help him administer his duties (Krutz & Wasiewicz, 2017). Because of Washington's development of grouped advisors, the heads of fifteen executive departments serve as the president’s advisor. In later years, presidents continued to build on the foundation of these