The President as Legislative Leader

By: Taylor, Danielle, Brittany, and Mackenzie

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Congress is expected to consider the President's ideas rather than act alone in making laws.
The President gives speeches to both houses of congress and sets forth ideas about what America's foreign policy should be. He also talks about problems at home, such as taxes, day care, and pollution.

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In doing this, the President helps to set a domestic policy, or plans for dealing with national problems.

How the president can get Congress to turn foreign and domestic policy into laws:

One way

- getting individual members of congress to write bills

Another way

- calling and meeting with members of congress, urging them to support the program.


- speeches to interest groups & public can help gain the support of bills that the President wants passed.

  • a powerful tool for influencing congress:

Mentioning of a veto can be enough to get Congress to change a bill to make it more to the President’s liking.

  • (Example: Congress has overridden about 4 percent (of more than 2,500) vetoes in our nation’s history.)

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The President, every year, prepares a budget which is a plan for how to raise and spend money to carry out the programs he wants.
Congress usually always makes changes in the budget & doesn’t pass all the laws the President asks for. Finally, the President can call special sessions of Congress if problems arise when Congress is not meeting.