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Do you know how congress works?

OK so the President gets cheers when things go well but he also gets the blame when things go awry. Do you know how dependant on congress our President really is?


Asked by itsmesteph11 at 10:28 AM on Oct. 20, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It's not the system that needs to be overhauled - it's the basic education of the public.

    By overhaul, WE, the PEOPLE need to elect officials who will not waste our money with pork, and lobbyist filled agenda's.

    The best way to educate people is do what we are doing here, debate. I encourage everyone to take a political science course. Our libary offers a free adult education course, the "US Government 2008~ How your government works for you". It starts there and can only get better with the more education we have.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:10 PM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • And vice versa because he has the power to veto bills.


    Answer by zianneaaliyah at 10:35 AM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • Yes.. And it is scary that the President (both sides at times) takes a lot of heat when things aren't working... I wish ther was a way to do a complete overhaul of US Gov't...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:36 AM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • It's all a system of checks and was put in place to prevent absolute and corrupt power like there was in England once upon a time. And, yes, the President can veto bills, but he can't veto them and then pass a different one w/o consent from Congress and the Senate. The President (regardless of political affiliations) ends up being the front man who receives all the praise or all the flack from the American public...often the President gets praise for things that are completely out of his control and that he had very little to do with and then gets put down when things go wrong because of Congress and the Senate. Kind of sad when you think about it...


    Answer by beadingmom17 at 11:01 AM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • As far as the President's dependancy on Congress, if he wants a bill to pass, he has to present it and then hope that Congress (and Senate) vote it up. Aside from trying to pass a bill, I'm not sure what else the President depends on Congress for.

    Answer by beadingmom17 at 11:03 AM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • It's not the system that needs to be overhauled - it's the basic education of the public. If people KNEW how it worked, they wouldn't blame the President. If people knew how it worked, Congressmen would be replaced often.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:43 AM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • No, I'm stupid. What's this Congress thing you speak of?

    Answer by msmoody at 12:07 PM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • Senators and Representatives make up congress. They are all congressmen and women. If the president vetoes a bill, congress can vote and pass the bill again. The president can only veto a bill once. So, after a second successful vote, the bill becomes law. After a bill passes the Senate with their version, and the House passes their version, the bill goes into committee to iron out the differences and add a bunch of earmarks (whether for spending or pet projects or raises for themselves) then it goes back to the respective bodies of congress for another vote without anyone except the committee reading the compromise bill. The president must then sign it in its entirety or veto the bill in its entirety. That's the way a 3 page bail out bill becomes a 450 page bill.

    Answer by Boss at 12:17 PM on Oct. 20, 2008