The Legislative Branch Essay

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The Legislative Branch The Legislative branch, also referred to as Congress, is considered by many to be the most powerful branch of the United States government. Out of the three branches, Judicial, Legislative, and Executive, the Legislative branch can change laws that have already been passed while also being able to introduce new ones. Article I, Sections I, IV, and V of the United States Constitution state and explain the powers invested in the Legislative branch and how it is split between the House of Representatives and the Senate (“The Constitution of the United States”). Although the three branches of the government were created with a system of checks and balances intended to make sure one branch did not become too powerful, the Legislative branch has the most control over government affairs through its ability to override presidential vetoes, impeach federal judges, and the influence it has on the citizens of the United States. One way in which the Legislative branch is more powerful than the Executive branch is through its ability to override a presidential veto. A veto is part of the system of checks and balances and gives the President the authority to reject a proposed bill within 10 days of its approval. If vetoed, the bill will then be sent back to Congress who is capable of overriding the President’s veto and then signing the bill into law. This is seldom done since it requires a two-thirds vote of Congress in order for the bill to be overridden (“The Legislative Branch”). Even though it does not happen often, it is possible. The first time Congress overrode a presidential veto was during John Tyler’s presidency in 1845 (“Congress Overrides a Presidential Veto”). This has happened a total of 110 times in American history, with the most being under Andrew Johnson’s presidency (Woolley, John). With the only power of the Executive branch

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