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The executive is more powerful The legislative is ++ powerful
Debate Score:122
Arguments:81
Total Votes:153
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 The executive is more powerful (30)
 
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Second Block: Which is more powerful, the executive or legislative branch?

The executive is more powerful

Side Score: 40
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The legislative is ++ powerful

Side Score: 82
2 points

Executive orders are awesome. We don't need to stupid congress in our business checking these. We can make these without congress's review. These orders are a perfect example of how the executive is more powerful than congress. We can get these orders through the executive branch with no problem. President Obama made many executive orders to get passed congress.

Side: The executive is more powerful
bluefacebaby(6) Disputed
2 points

Sweetheart, it is wonderful how passionate you are about the executive branch and it's power, but if congress dislikes these executive orders, they will attempt to get the president impeached. Also, congress can create a bill and pass it into law that limits the effect of the order.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
coyotepink(4) Disputed
1 point

Yeah they can "attempt" but it's most likely not going to happen. It's only ever happened three times. Good luck passing the bill without the president's signature and if you try and override the veto, chances are you won't get the 2/3.

Side: The executive is more powerful
2 points

Executive privilege is one the President's main powers that make him stronger than Congress. This privilege grants that the Executive can remain in secrecy and the Legislative must be transparent. Basically, the President can withhold information about any action within the White House and/or Congress if he deems necessary. June of 2019, Trump has used his privilege to block reports from Congress about his possible wrong doings. This is honestly just protecting him, and Congress has yet hound down onto him for it. So why does this make the executive more powerful? He can release what he wants when he wants! National security lies in his hands. It's protecting the White House, too.

Side: The executive is more powerful
sirissm(11) Disputed
1 point

Executive privilege essentially is the presidents diary that allows him to keep secret. This irrationality means he can not tell important info to branches and allow his apposing party to fail. This rarely does more good than bad. often times its used towards the legislative or the media.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
2 points

The executive is more powerful because he has executive privilege which does not need congress' approval for example; George H.W. Bush used it in 1991 when he allowed the defense attorney to not turn over documents subpoenaed during a congressional investigation. By the way Congress just in case you want to impeach him; he can avoid having to testify before a congressional hearing!! Plus he's so powerful that after his term is over the next president undo his doings, still without your approval!

Side: The executive is more powerful
divinesunset(12) Disputed
2 points

They can state executive privilege, but if its already found that they committed a crime, they can't use executive privilege. It doesn't increase congress' power if the next president can undo executive orders, but it limits the power of the president.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
BittahDemon(12) Disputed
2 points

While the executive branch has the power of executive privilege, Congress has the power to subpoena, which is summons a person to court where they can question their constitutionality. They can also hold hearings, and during these hearings, they can put the president under oath and ask whatever questions they know will make him look bad, and if he lies he goes to jail. This gives Congress tremendous power over the executive, YET AGAIN ;)

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
bluefacebaby(6) Disputed
2 points

Mo Bamba, stick to basketball because clearly your knowledge is limited since all you can speak on is the executive privilege. NEW TOPIC PLEASE to any pro-executive reading this.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
finnsilly(10) Disputed
1 point

Your last point didn't exactly prove your point. Any executive order the current President does can just be undone by the next President, so those orders aren't exactly long-lasting. On top of that, Congress can just pass a law that invalidates the order. How is that executive order powerful??

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
2 points

The VETO power of the president, places the executive branch in a more powerful position than the legislative branch. The bills that that the congress designed and voted they shall always pass through the office of the president, where he signs the bill to be approved and become a law, if not he can return the bill to the congress. A VETO can be overridden by the congress, but with a 2/3's mayoralty in it. (and its not common to see the 2/3's)

Side: The executive is more powerful
BittahDemon(12) Disputed
2 points

You are saying that the fact that an override veto is something that is more difficult to do means that it makes Congress less powerful, but I completely disagree with you there. An override veto is not supposed to be an easy process, or else literally every single bill that Congress put through would pass even if the president vetoed it. A veto override is only meant to be accomplished when the bill is something that is a big big deal and Congress is very passionate about.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
2 points

The executive is more powerful because he has the power to use the bully pulpit, he can use his exposure power to quickly and effectively sway public opinion through media outlets for example, President Franklin Roosevelt held fireside chats which he used to explain recent political decisions and new ideas for the country to Americans, and this overwhelmingly contributed to his immense popularity.

Side: The executive is more powerful
2 points

After the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon Administrations spent nearly a decade committing U.S. troops to Southeast Asia without Congressional approval, in 1973 Congress responded by passing the War Powers Resolution. The Resolution sought to halt the erosion of Congress's ability to participate in war-making decisions, an aim furthered by the Resolution's requirement that the President communicate to Congress the commitment of troops within 48 hours. So Congress gave agreed on signing the war powers act that basically prevents congress from participating in any war making decisions with the president. This is giving the president so much power and allowing him to make decisions without the congress getting in the way.

Side: The executive is more powerful
1 point

The POTUS has the power of executive privilege. This is the power to do things in secret, which reduces oversight. A recent example of this is when Trump asserted his executive privilege to block Congress from obtaining documents about the census citizenship question.

Side: The executive is more powerful
1 point

The executive is more powerful because the president is able to expand his powers in times of emergencies completely side-stepping Congress if needed. For example, if the United States are invaded, the president can immediately declare war on the attacking country with no input from Congress at all.

Side: The executive is more powerful
hunterscratc(6) Disputed
1 point

Actually Congress has the power to declare war not the president so you may want to go back and read the Constitution again

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
divinesunset(12) Disputed
1 point

The president does have the power to issue an executive order which does expand their power over congress in that situation, but these executive orders can be undone by the next president which ends up limiting their power in the long run.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

Three words; WAR POWERS ACT. First of all, it's unconstitutional as it totally goes against the President's label of being commander in chief. By definition, a commander in chief is someone who is in supreme command of the country's armed forces. The War Powers Act is too restrictive on the President's ability to respond to emergencies. So... how does this make the executive more powerful than Congress? Well, what has Congress done to punish the president and past presidents that violated it? NOTHING! And the Legislative is well aware that it's been violated many times. Scoot out the way Congress, leave the President to military business (as you have been!).

Side: The executive is more powerful
hunterscratc(6) Disputed
1 point

But the President can not declare war or supply money for the military

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
savage6(7) Disputed
1 point

Even though the executive has the war powers act it stills has to go through the congress because it has to notify congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days. Also it intendeds to limit the president's authority to conduct war and gives the president a congressional declaration of war by only the permission of Congress.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

I would like to add that even after the War Powers Act was passed, the United States had fought in two wars and stage at least 9 military interventions. So, yeah, this law is completely ineffective if it was supposed to limit the president's power.

Side: The executive is more powerful
1 point

Even though Congress has the power to make laws, it is ultimately up to the president to decide what exactly becomes law. He signs the bills he likes and kills the others by vetoing them.

Side: The executive is more powerful
hunterscratc(6) Disputed
1 point

But Congress can override veto bringing the bill back to Congress and passing the bill

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
finnsilly(10) Disputed
1 point

While you are correct, Congress can override a presidential veto with a majority vote from both chambers.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
bluefacebaby(6) Disputed
1 point

Ever heard of a veto override??? Obviously not... Sometimes I wonder whether or not people like you even understand the basic idea of our government...

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

The bill can only be overridden by a two-thirds vote in the senate and the house. The President's veto power is significant because Congress rarely overrides vetoes. looking at some data out of 1,484 regular vetoes since 1789, only 7.1%, or 106, have been overridden.If this occurs, the bill becomes law over the President's objections but this just shows the small chance that the congress has to veto a bill, and this also shows a data number that has happened and proves that this is rare for congress to override a bill. So the chances of this really happening are slim.

Side: The executive is more powerful
hunterscratc(6) Disputed
1 point

But it does not mean that Congress can not override it if they really disagree with the Presidents decision to veto

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
coyotepink(4) Disputed
1 point

Still, most of the president's vetoes stay that way. Even if Congress overrides one every once in a while, the president can veto any time that he/she says and doesn't have to go through such an extensive process like Congress. Overall, Congress has a long process that rarely works and the POTUS doesn't have a long process and gets the veto the majority of the time.

Side: The executive is more powerful
sirissm(11) Disputed
1 point

Even though this Rarely happens due to things such as logrolling if the president does pass a bill that he has favor of it doesn't guarantee that the purpose of his bill be used for that particular purpose as we know through logrolling things can be added and taken away from bills giving it other meanings to other people supporting other members and other parties

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

As the commander in chief, the president can make a multitude of important decisions in the event of a national emergency without congress' approval. The president is able to deploy troops for a certain number of days without officially declaring war. The president also has the authority to launch a nuclear strike and negotiate treaties to end hostilities without the approval of congress. If congress wanted do any of those things they would have to vote which would take time. The president can do it immediately.

Side: The executive is more powerful
BittahDemon(12) Disputed
1 point

You are correct in saying that the president has the power to deploy troops, but after 90 days, Congress has the power to bring the troops back, and at the end of it all, it comes down to Congress to officially declare war or not, so who's hands does the power REALLY fall in? Obviously Congress.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
coyotepink(4) Disputed
1 point

Considering the lack of specifics listed in the president's power, there is a lot that can be stretched to use this to their benefit. Even though the founding fathers intended for Congress to have these powers, times have changed and if we are in a conflict with another country, it is much quicker to settle things and doesn't necessarily have a need to declare war.

Side: The executive is more powerful
1 point

A reason that the POTUS is more powerful is because according to Article II, Section 2, Clause I of the Constitution, he/she is the Commander in Chief of US Military. Though the Congress has the power to declare war, the way that the president's role as Commander in Chief is written, it is very vague, therefore they could use it to their advantage. The POTUS can do much more than just declare war. Also considering that things are much faster in this modern technological age, the government doesn't necessarily need the congress to declare war when there are quicker, more efficient solutions that can be taken on by the president's power. Another reason that the POTUS is more powerful is their power to issue executive orders. The president's executive orders are like bills except they don't have to go through the same long process. (people have much less say in what happens) The Congress is able to override an executive order with a 2/3 vote. However this has been said to be nearly impossible because it is so hard to get the votes to an agreement. The POTUS also has the power to veto which basically means that they can pretty much throw away any bill that they don't like or disagree with. Similarly to the process of overriding an executive order, the Congress has to get a 2/3 vote which doesn't happen too often and when it does is very difficult.

Side: The executive is more powerful
1 point

The President is more powerful than the congress because of things like his agenda setting and the bully pulpit. The President has a huge platform to issue ideas and topic that he want people to talk about. This is important because it sparks debate and political discussion on certain topics and news platforms for example usually pick up the topics to discuss. Overall the President has the power to make people talk about certain subject and has great influence on the peoples ideas. An example of this is the way trump uses media like twitter to express his opinion on topics and it allows for people to see and talk about it.

Another power that makes the president more powerful is executive orders and how they allow him to go around the congress. He can issue and executive order without having to wait for a bill to do through the long process and have the chance to be killed. The order skips congress and allow for immediate action to enforce the presidents enforcement power, and allows him to again assert his ideals quickly and effectively.

Finally the president is more powerful than congress because he can singularly veto a bill that comes to his attention. Although his veto can be overridden it is extremely rare and his veto almost always results in the death of a bill, and even if he send it back the house and senate have to both vote against his veto. This rarely happens because usually the party of the president hold one of the sides and they don't normally vote against the president. 2/3 vote in both the house and senate.“Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it becomes a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, “(The Presidents Veto Power)

Side: The executive is more powerful
0 points

One way the executive branch is more powerful than congress is Executive Privilege. We can keep anything a secret from congress. Screw those stupid subpoenas. We can only answer to our own branch only. No one cares about congress.

Side: The executive is more powerful
killerpopfar(10) Disputed
2 points

Those "stupid" subpoenas are very powerful actually. If the President denies the subpoenas, it goes to the judicial branch. You aren't answering to your own branch; you're answering to the legislative, and when the president tries to avoid that, you answer to the judicial branch.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
4 points

Congress is the most powerful branch because it has the most enumerated powers and can do anything they find necessary and proper. Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution: Enumerated Powers states that congress has over 15 powers some of which are power of the purse (funding programs and coining money), power to declare war, and the power to impeach government officials that are out of line in order to check the other branches. Also in Article One of the Constitution is the Necessary and Proper clause that states that Congress has the power "to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or any Department or Officer thereof". This means they can use the elasticity to gain more power and carry out the necessary duties of the branch. Federalist 51 even states that the legislative branch is the strongest in terms of the number of powers. Even though the plan split the branch into two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate, the branch still has the most enumerated powers.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
MoBamba(9) Disputed
1 point

I lost count trying to count how many times the elastic clause and necessary and proper clause was said in this claim. As commander in chief the president has the power to deploy troops and you cannot have a war without troops Congress! Although we cannot officially declare war under the president's direction, the United States can carry out retaliatory invasions, such as the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Side: The executive is more powerful
divinesunset(12) Disputed
1 point

Just because those clauses are mentioned a lot in my claim doesn't diminish their power. It just clarifies further. I'm providing evidence. Sure the president has the power to deploy troops, but if Congress doesn't fund the army and navy, then the president won't have powerful troops to send. Please provide more evidence.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
0 points

This is so true Divinesunset!!!!!!!!!!! Great job! I completely agree with your claim about how congress is more powerful than the president! I love that you quoted documents as well!

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
3 points

Congress is the most powerful branch because it is harder to pass blame on the President than it is to blame Congress, enabling Congress to move more freely. Congress is much larger than just the President alone (535-1) It is harder to blame 535 people than it is to blame a singular person. Federalist 70 states that the president is the one the public's eye turns to in a crisis because they are easier to blame because of the central focus. Plus, the President is always in the public eye through social media and news, so they have to act more favorably because of this. This constricts what they can do in their personal lives as well as professionally.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
MoBamba(9) Disputed
1 point

So what you are implying is that Congress is corrupt and you leave your dirty work to the president because is is so much easier to blame him than 535 of you. Because of the whole nation's weight and yours on us, we have executive privilege to take clean up your mistakes.

Side: The executive is more powerful
divinesunset(12) Disputed
1 point

This argumentative claim is unclear. Executive privilege means the president has the power to withhold information. I think you're confused. How does that "clean up" Congress' mistakes? Please explain further because your claim just doesn't make sense.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
-1 points

I completely agree. The framers considered having two or even four presidents, but decided that they could only have one. The government is designed so that when things go wrong, the person to blame is the President. He always has to take responsibility for his actions. Additionally, the President is much more recognizable than the average Congressman. Almost every American knows who Donald Trump is, but how many people know Peter Welch, a representative of Vermont? There is much more pressure on the President to behave responsibly and in favor of the people than there is pressure on Congressmen and Senators.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
2 points

Your supporting claim is very clear and true. Great evidence!!! Really shows how the president can lose power because they are easy to blame!

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
Coyote(2) Disputed
1 point

The fact that the president is more widely known than most congressmen gives him a clear advantage when using bully pulpit. The president can easily use mass media to persuade the public of his ideals. An average congressmen such as Peter Welch can not so such as effectively

Side: The executive is more powerful
2 points

One big power that Congress has over the President and over other parts of government is the power of the purse. Congress can give funding to agencies, but they can also withhold funding from agencies and states to get them to do Congress' bidding. A good example is when Congress raised the drinking age to 21. Any state who did not raise their drinking age to meet Congress' requirement had a portion their funding for highways withheld. Eventually, every state had to submit to raising their drinking age because they could not afford to lose funding. Since Congress decides how the money is spent, that prevents the President from being able to do what he wants as well. Most recently, President Trump has been unable to receive sufficient funding for the wall he wants to build because Congress has refused to give him the budget he wants. The power of the purse is one of Congress' most important powers, and with it, the legislative branch has the upper hand on the executive.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful

This is a great argument! This power allows them to have authority over the states and balance some of the power that the president has. This is a power listed in the enumerated powers section of Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. Congress happens to have the most enumerated powers out of all the branches.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
TogueSlathin(6) Disputed
1 point

The legislative might have the upper hand but the president isn't as hopeless as it sounds. As we have seen when congress submits a budget the president can decide not to sign it and cause a government shutdown until he gets want or close to what he wants. This happened when trump wanted money for the wall and he didn't approve the budget until they provided some money for the wall.

Side: The executive is more powerful
finnsilly(10) Disputed
1 point

While the President can refuse to sign, he will often have to give in and sign eventually. The government would shut down and the blame would be put on him. Additionally, Congress can extend the budget so that it continues as it was for a period of time. Look what happened now. Trump did not get the budget that he wanted for the wall because Congress would not budge. While he got some money for the wall, it was not what he wanted.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
2 points

Which is more powerful congress or the executive branch?

Congress is more powerful than the executive branch because congress is the central law making body to which the two other branches, judicial and the executive, respond. Congress has enumerated powers and can use the necessary and proper clause elastically. Congress makes and discusses laws that govern the U.S. and overrides presidential vetoes. Article I, Section 1, of the constitution declares that “All legislative powers are vested in a Congress of the United States.” Some of these enumerated powers consist of making banks, declaring war, and coining money.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
2 points

Congress is more powerful because of Power of the Purse. “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 7, clause 1. The president can't even create a bill.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

Congress has more power than the President because Congress has the power to tax, collect taxes and provide money for the military. And if Congress did not give this money to the President then he would not be able to provide the equipment or weapons the military needs to defend our country. And in the Constitution it reads, '' The Congress shall have the Power To lay and collect Taxes…, to pay the Debts and provide for the Common Defense.”(Article 1 section 8)

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

This is such a good point. Congress can use their power of the purse to try to basically bribe the executive into passing laws when they don't have the power to make it a federal issue. An example of this is when Congress passed a law to withhold 10% of funds for highways of they didn’t raise the drinking age to 21. This power allows Congress to basically manipulate the executive into doing almost anything for them by holding back funds until they do what Congress wants.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
victor1(4) Disputed
1 point

While this is true, I want to add that in addition to being the president of the United States, he has his own special set of powers that come with the job. One such power is to use military force without the consent of the Senate. When creating the executive branch, the Framers intended for the president to be, "able to respond quickly to external, foreign threats" (135) along with the president being Commander in Chief of the US army and navy. With this in mind, the president can use his power to send troops to other countries without the Senate's approval. If he does it right, the president could pass an executive order that can provide the military with enough funds to carry out its duties.

Side: The executive is more powerful
hunterscratc(6) Disputed
1 point

Good job finding information that is true unlike your last two claims that you have made in this debate

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

Congress is more powerful because they have the power over all finances and general welfare of the United States, unlike the executive. After all, money is over all these days, right? Congress reformed its funding process to handle the governments new demands after the Civil War in 1865. This created the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921. Without Congress doing this, the president would have never been able to create a comprehensible budget.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
donald_trump Disputed
1 point

Can you clarify the second sentence please. It makes absolutely zero sense.

Side: The executive is more powerful
bluefacebaby(6) Disputed
3 points

Clarify one reason why we shouldn't kick you out of this debate because YOU make "aBsOlUtELy ZeRo SeNsE"

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
Educate_Loud(3) Clarified
1 point

Congress is more powerful because they have power over financial and general welfare of the United States. Money controls a lot of what the government does, and that is basically what congress has in power. Congress started the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, which stopped money going into war. Without congress creating this Act in 1921, the president would have no control over the finances in government today. Therefore, the president can thank congress for being able to have a say in the governments finances.

Side: The executive is more powerful

Since congressmen and senators have an unlimited amount of terms, it gives them more power. The president only has 2 terms to voice their opinions about how the country should be run, it gives congressmen more power. TIME LIMIT FOR THE PRESIDENT. Yes, the president has a bully pulpit to get funding, but the incumbency advantage people in Congress have allow them to get more funding and chairmanships by serving in more committees throughout time. Plus, they can gain a pulpit as well since they are known in Congress if they are reelected several times (this is also part of the incumbency advantage.)

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

The legislative branch has more power over the executive branch because Congress has the power to impeach the president. The House has powers listed in the Constitution to impeach a government official, and the Senate is given powers to host impeachment trials and convict. If convicted, this person will be removed from office and will be indefinitely disqualified from holding future office. This gives Congress a strong hold over the executive because if they deem the incumbent unconstitutional, they can actually do something about it.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
MoBamba(9) Disputed
1 point

The president can avoid having to testify before a congressional hearing....Truman did it.

Side: The executive is more powerful
BittahDemon(12) Disputed
1 point

So out of all of the presidents that have come and go, ONE president avoided testifying before a congressional hearing and that makes the executive more powerful? I think it's gonna take a lot more than just one person to overcome the power that Congress holds over the executive..

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

Another reason why Congress is more powerful than the President is because they have the power to use the Necessary and proper Clause. The Necessary and Proper clause is if Congress feels that a law is needed they will create it and it will hopefully get passed. And without this power that Congress has then laws would not be created or introduced. In the Constitution it reads, ''The Congress shall have the Power to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper….”( Article 1 Section 8) And even if the President does veto the bill then Congress still has the power of override veto which is an example of the checks and balances system created so Congress can have some power over the President and his decisions.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

Awesome point, couldn't have said it better myself. The N&P clause is huge for congress because like you said, it can be used to prove a law is needed for betterment of the US, and without it, laws would be near impossible to pass.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

Congress is not only stronger than the executive branch, but it is also the most powerful branch in the United States government. Congress possesses the power of the purse, power to impeach, declare war, and even the power to override a president's veto. When taking all of this into account, you gotta wonder what can the president actually do without having to go through congress. With all due respect to our nations leader, it is just too bad that he really isn't the one responsible for running our government.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
tough-vulgar(4) Disputed
1 point

So....bluefacebaby I just couldn't help myself but notice that you said congress has the power to veto a bill but I bet you don't know how many times that a bill has actually been vetoed. The President's veto power is significant because Congress rarely overrides vetoes and out of 1,484 regular vetoes since 1789, only 7.1%, or 106, have been overridden. So yes congress does have the power to do override a bill but data has shown that it is very rare that they have ever actually.

Side: The executive is more powerful
donald_trump Disputed
0 points

Sorry but impeaching has only happened three times throughout history and none of the three have been actually removed from office. The president can send troops to places without a declaration of war so who cares about the war declaration when he can just send troops like the Truman Doctrine and how President Obama sent troops into Libya. And sweetheart not one branch including executive or legislative is responsible for running the government that is why they made checks and balances.

Side: The executive is more powerful
killerpopfar(10) Disputed
1 point

Nixon was scared enough to resign before they could remove him. Also, the troops can only be there for so long before CONGRESS has to decide whether or not to declare war. That "power" only lasts for 90 days; then, it's up to Congress.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful

Since Congress has the power of impeachment, it is more powerful than the president. If the president does anything remotely suspicious, Congress can look into impeachment. Even if the impeachment does not go through, it creates bad publicity. For example, the word impeachment associated with our current president, Donald Trump, could have a major impact on the outcome of the 2020 election.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

The legislative branch has more power over the executive branch because Congress has the power of the commerce clause. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution gives Congress the power "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes." Trade happens so often within our government, and as soon as any trade becomes between more than one state, Congress can step in and pass laws that states have to follow. This also gives Congress the power to regulate trade among other nations, including all imports and exports.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
Col_in_US(2) Disputed
1 point

The president can cut and control international transactions and foreign exchange with International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977

Side: The executive is more powerful
1 point

Congress has the power to limit presidential war powers.

The Constitution divides Congress and the president's war powers. Only Congress can declare war and appropriate military funding. Even though the president is the commander and chief of the armed forces it has put itself in conflict. For example after president Nixon ordered the bombing of Cambodia without Congress's consent. Congress knew that the executive branch was exceeding its constitutional authority. By this Congress passed the "Powers resolution" of 1973 that intended to limit the president's authority to conduct war. Also it gave the president a congressional declaration of war by only the permission of Congress.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

Congress has a very important power. The ability to impeach the President! If the President gets too powerful or out-of-control, the House can hold trials, investigate, and impeach. If there is proof that the President broke the law, there is no executive privilege to protect him. This is the ULTIMATE check on the President, and while it is rare, it is not impossible for a President to be impeached by Congress.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful
1 point

By far the legislative is the most powerfull branch of goverment. its the only branch that can support both parties. this branch is made up of the house and the senate, the house which is now democratic , is the direct repsesentive of states , is made up of 435 members Has many Powers over the president in the house. As a whole the legislative body is what laws are made and Presidential appointments for the Supreme Court are confirmed. The legislative branch also holds the third in command to the president with having the Speaker of the House be right after the Vice President. This man is made up of 100 members chosen to represent and nowtwo from each state from. The sun is also connected to the executive branch by having their Ties broken by the Vice President Also the Senate has no debate rules allowing things such as filibusters and also the Senate can finish impeachment . The house starts all bills to become laws and pushes them through committees until they hit the house for the house has the most members and also has the power of the purse who House also has a closed rule considering it has many committees doesn't allow things such as filibusters. House of Representatives directly has the right to override the president's veto.

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful

The Enumerated Powers give Congress a lot of power. Article 1, Section 8 lists powers specifically left to Congress. This includes the power to declare war, raise and support armies, and lay and collect taxes. It also includes the Elastic Clause, which allows Congress to pass laws deemed "Necessary and Proper."

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‘’Even though the override veto has to be done by two-thirds majority in really happened to that doesn't stop Congress from logrolling and adding other parts it to their own agenda to the bill to make it what they want Initially meaning that even though the president can override a veto and get what he wants past the thing added on it and put towards it will support other people and the other parties

Side: The legislative is ++ powerful