President 's Role As Chief Legislator

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Passing legislation through Congress is a challenge by itself, but for a president acting as chief legislator it can prove to be even harder such as attempting to pass legislation and Congress. For instance, the president of the United States has several significant occupations to conduct while in office, which include the formal roles of Chief of State, Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Chief Diplomat, and Chief legislator. In modern society, having an understanding of what goes on between the United States Congress and the current president, Barack Obama, acting as chief legislator is crucial to American citizens because although it may not change one’s views of politics, it will aid in having a better understanding of what is going on with the government, particularly with the chief legislator and Congress passing legislation. Understanding president’s role as chief legislator, the factors leading up to the president’s legislative success, and the issues that arise between Congress and the chief legislator when attempting to legislation are topics that are important for American citizens to understand. To begin with, in order to understand the struggles between Congress and the president carrying out the role of chief legislator, one must understand what the role of chief legislator is and what it means to the president. The presidential role as Chief legislator is not written in the National Constitution, it is, however, one of the created major roles that the president must fulfill. Chief legislator is defined in the as the president having an influence on making and recommending laws to congress. For example, it allows the president to either accept bills into law or veto (denying) bills from becoming law. Speaking of ve... ... middle of paper ... ...y need (Daschle, 2010). President Obama and his advisors took the approval of the Stimulus act in 2009 as a green light to propose his 1,017 page health care bill into Congress. After the bill landed on the floor of the House in mid-July of 2009, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, wanted to see the bill pass in the House before the August recess. Polls showed that the general public, the media, and large interest groups supported this bill as well (Keller, 2010). Alas, Obamacare was far more ideologically divisive, partisan, fiscally uncertain, and severely problematic than it turned out to be. For the most part, President Obama approached the bill with a desire to avoid disaster that befell Hillarycare in 1993, which led to an initial leave-it-to-the-congressional leadership approach that only fed more than a year of frustration and controversy (Keller, 2010).
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