The Presidency

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In the beginning the powers of the presidency were very basic. Over the time that the United States has existed, this country has gone from a British colony in the founding times of the Revolution, to a world superpower. It can easily be assumed that with this growth in power and technology that the powers of the president would be expanded or interpreted differently from the original prescribed powers. The powers of the president have not only changed since the founding, but in the last century the powers of the president have become more expansive. Relations with congress and the president have changed in many ways due to this expansion of the presidents power. Many of these powers the president uses are referred to delegated powers, these are powers delegated to the president by congress to help stream line the process of passing legislation, along with handling many time sensitive situations that would need immediate action. At the start of the twenty-first century the powers of the presidency while still remaining massive in the presidents abilities were then limited to a degree due to congressional reforms and the changing relations between the presidency and many institutional and non-institutional players in politics. Along with these reforms, at the end of the Cold War the long standing solidarity between the Republicans and Democrats on the presidents abilities on foreign policy revived the long forgotten tension between the president and congress on the president’s war making powers (McDonald 4). During George W. Bush’s administration, Bush was aggressive with his use of executive orders issuing nearly 300 during his time as president. Bush did not hesitate to use his powers after the events of September 11, 2001, in ... ... middle of paper ... ...also can see that Congress much rely heavily upon the president, by delegating much of its power to the executive branch so that the agencies that Congress creates can preform its duties. Though the presidency has had many changes due to the events that have arisen in America over time, the constitution allows for the government to bend and mold to the needs of the people. Works Cited “Delegated Powers - The Powers of the Presidency.” n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. Ginsberg, Benjamin, Theodore J. Lowi, Margaret Wier, Caroline J. Tolbert, and Robert J. Spritzer. We the People: An Introduction to American Politics. 9th ed. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2013. Print McDonald, Forrest. “Presidency of the United States of America.” n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2014 Villemez, Jason. “9/11 to Now: Ways We Have Changed.” 14 Sept. 2011. Web. 24 Feb. 2014

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