The Presidency 24

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25.          The framers expected the president to participate in law-making, with Congress in the dominant position. The president was given two tools for this role.  One was the right to make recommendations to Congress about policy and law. The other was the power to veto legislation unless Congress could override the veto with a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate. 

Article 2, Section 3, says, “[The president] shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as [the President] shall judge necessary and expedient…”

Article 1, Section 7 requires that “Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become 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, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law.”

Image: Grover Cleveland, photographer unknown.

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