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The executive branch


Article II

The executive branch

What else do we call the prez

  • Chief of State

  • Chief Executive

  • Chief Diplomat

  • Commander in Chief

  • Chief of Party

  • Chief Citizen

  • May give Executive Order over all Departments

The president
The President

  • 20th day of January following the election

  • 4 yr. term

  • Limit is 2 terms (22nd Amendment)

  • Exception to the rule?

  • Qualifications?

    • Natural born citizen

    • 35 yrs. old

    • Resident of U.S. for at least 14 yrs.

      *What is the President’s salary? Vice President?


  • VP

  • Speaker of the House

  • President Pro-Tempore of Senate

  • Secretary of State

  • Secretary of Treasury

  • Secretary of Defense

  • Attorney General

  • Secretary of the Interior

  • Secretary of Agriculture

  • Secretary of Commerce

  • Secretary of Labor

  • Secretary of Health and Human Services

  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

  • Secretary of Transportation

  • Secretary of Energy

  • Secretary of Education? AD

  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs

  • Secretary of Homeland Security

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Foreign Affairs

  • Conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs;

  • Grants and issues passports to American citizens and exequaturs to foreign consuls in the United States;

  • Appoints U.S. ambassadors, ministers, consuls, and other diplomatic representatives;

  • Advises the acceptance, recall, and dismissal of the representatives of foreign governments;

  • Negotiates, interprets, and terminates treaties and agreements;

  • Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests in foreign countries;

  • Supervises the administration of U.S. immigration laws abroad;

  • Provides information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries;

  • Informs the Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations;

  • Promotes beneficial economic prosperities between the United States and other countries;

    • Secretary of State

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  • Domestic and Military Administration

    • Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces (including state militias)

    • * Rations?

    • *Send troops?

    • -48 hours notice to Congress

    • -60 day limit by Congress

    • -Congress can end troop advancement at any time

    • -Examples? Vietnam, Iraq

    • 2. Budget (Congressional approval)


  • Having steered the economy back from the brink of a depression, the Administration is committed to moving the Nation from recession to recovery by sparking job creation to get millions of Americans back to work and building a new foundation for the long-term prosperity for all American families. To do this, the 2011 Budget makes critical investments in the key areas that will help to reverse the decline in economic security that American families have experienced over the past decade with investments in education, clean energy, infrastructure, and innovation.

  • But even as we meet the challenge of the recession and work to build an economy that works for all American families, we must also change the way Washington does business – ending programs that don’t work, streamlining those that do, cracking down on special interest access, and bringing a new responsibility to how tax dollars are spent.  The President’s Budget takes the steps to help jumpstart job creation, works to strengthen the economic security of American families, and makes the tough choices to put our Nation back on the path to fiscal responsibility.

How much power does the president have as commander in chief
How much power does the President have as Commander-in-Chief?

  • War powers must be divided establishing an equal balance of power

  • Situations of intense conflict in Korea and Vietnam

  • Concerns about the Presidential abilities to use the armed forces to intensify a conflict without the knowledge or approval Congress began to emerge

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War powers act
War Powers Act

  • Passed both House and Senate

  • Vetoed by Nixon

  • 2/3 vote overrode the veto

  • November 7, 1973

  • Resolution

    • President can send U.S. armed forces into action only by authorization of Congress or if the United States is already under attack or serious threat.

      • Notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action

      • Cannot remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization or declaration of war.

      • Does not say what Congress can do if the President does not comply

        • Suspend troops

        • Override a Presidential veto

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The executive branch


    1. It is generally agreed that the Commander in Chief role gives the President power to repel attacks against the United States and makes him responsible for leading the armed forces.

    2. Requires the President to furnish such other information as Congress may request to fulfill its responsibilities relating to committing the nation to war.

    3. Notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action

    • Cannot remain for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization or declaration of war.

    • Does not say what Congress can do if the President does not comply

      • Suspend troops

      • Override a Presidential veto

        4. Congress shall have the power to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution, not only its own powers but also all other powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States...."

        5. The policy that the powers of the President as Commander in Chief are to introduce U.S. armed forces into situations of hostilities or imminent hostilities "are exercised only consequently/following to --

        (1) a declaration of war,

        (2) specific statutory authorization, or

        (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces."

The executive branch

  • Legislation

    • May call both houses of Congress into a special session

    • Veto Power! Does what he thinks is best for America based on his campaign promises

    • Informs Congress of the needs, and his view of progress through the State of the Union address

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  • Appointment in Federal Courts

    • Appoints: judges, cabinet members, advisors, department heads (approved by Senate Judiciary Committee)

    • Supreme Court justices and court of appeals and district judges

    • Supportive of the political party

    • It currently authorizes 179 court of appeals judgeships and 678 district court judgeships.

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  • Judicial Functions

    • Grant pardons (Clemency in federal cases)

    • Exception: impeachment

    • U.S. Pardon Attorney

      • Petition

      • At least 5 yrs. after the date of release from confinement or after the date of conviction

      • Only to violations in United States law

The president s cabinet
The President’s Cabinet

  • 15 Departments (GW had 4: state, war, treasury, and attorney general)

    ** Let’s play a game! See if you know the Department of….

Department of carries out a war
Department of _________ carries out a war.


Bob Gates

Department of can coin money
Department of ____________ can coin money.


Timothy Geithner

Department of is in charge of the coast guard
Department of ____________ is in charge of the Coast Guard.

Homeland Security

Janet Napolitano

Department of will help settle a strike
Department of ____________ will help settle a strike.


Hilda Solis

Department of is in charge of electrical power
Department of ___________ is in charge of electrical power.


Steven Chu

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Department of ___________ is responsible for a fair and equitable education for all; dispersing funding on all levels.

Education Arne Duncan

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Department of ____________ is in charge of natural resources, historic regions, Indian affairs, and the National Park System.


Ken Salazar

Department of handles the range of issues faced by veterans from the countries conflicts
Department of __________ handles the range of issues faced by veterans from the countries conflicts.

Veterans Affairs

Eric Shinseki

Department of conducts research and promotes legislation to help famers with their problems aide
Department of ___________ conducts research and promotes legislation to help famers with their problems; aide


Tom Vilsack

Department of promotes commerce industry productivity and business in general
Department of ___________ promotes commerce, industry, productivity, and business in general.


Gary Locke

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Department of _____________ is in charge of foreign affairs, including participating in the United Nations and running foreign embassies.


Hillary Clinton

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Department of __________ enforces laws in federal courts, and conducts investigations and suits concerning monopolies, anti-trust laws, and organized crime.


Eric Holder

Attorney General

Department of seeks solutions to many problems of urban living
Department of ___________ seeks solutions to many problems of urban living.

Housing and Urban Development

Shaun Donovan

Department of deals with all methods of transportation
Department of _________ deals with all methods of transportation.


Ray H. LaHood

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Department of _________ oversees health matters while overseeing the Food & Drug Administration, Social Security, and the Public Health Service.

Health and Human Services

Kathleen Sebelius

Introducing the vice president of the united states of america what does he do
Introducing the Vice President of the United States of America…What does he do?

  • Replaces the President (shadow)

  • President of the Senate (allowed to vote-tie breaker)

  • Spokesperson of policy

  • Stepping stone to a political career of choice

Selecting the president how
SELECTING THE PRESIDENT America…What does he do?HOW?

  • Should it be a Congressional power?

    • All power to the people vs. representative government

    • System of Electors

      • Electoral College

      • Not stated in the Constitution

Agenda America…What does he do?

  • Take out your notes

    2. Electoral College Video

    3. Explain: Should we keep the Electoral College Options

    4. Share your classified ads

How does it work
HOW DOES IT WORK? America…What does he do?

  • Each state gets as many electors as representatives and senators

    • Equal to the number of Senators=2

    • Representatives vary according to population

  • Total: 538 electors

  • A vote of 270 or more is required to select the President

  • *Problem: it allows a person to be selected President who has not won the popular vote in the country. Popular vote?