The Pros And Cons Of Theodore Roosevelt's Stewardship Theory

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The President of the United States has many powers, those given to him/her in The Constitution, and the powers that are deemed constitutional by the judicial branch. The judicial branch is in charge of interpreting the laws and The Constitution. In American history, two ways have been implemented in the interpretation process. One such practice is the Restricted or Whig approach; this approach employs the idea that the President can only do things explicitly expressed in the Constitution. This practice was used until Theodore Roosevelt came into office, and after his presidency The Stewardship Theory began to rise. Roosevelt’s Stewardship Theory is the exact opposite of the Whig approach. Under the Stewardship Theory, Article II of the …show more content…
The president can use two types of veto; these include the general veto and the pocket veto. The general veto is the president refusing to sign a bill into law. Congress can override the President’s veto by voting it into law by a two-thirds majority vote in both houses; this action is extremely tough to accomplish due to the diversity of congress. The pocket veto is more complicated. When implementing the pocket veto, The President leaves the bill on his desk unsigned. After 10 days, if congress is still in session, the bill becomes a law. However, if congress has adjourned, the bill dies and does not become a law. The veto is a powerful formal tool that the president can use to affect …show more content…
The President has two major ways to influence congress verbally; this is the threat of a veto and the State of the Union speech. The threat of a veto occurs when the president warns that if a certain thing is in a bill he/she will veto it. For instance, The Affordable Care Act has been a controversial subject in Obama’s presidency. The Republicans, which do not support the Affordable Care Act, currently control Congress; they are trying to defund the act so that it will no longer be in effect. The President has warned that any bill that includes the defunding of his Affordable Care Act will be vetoed. The Republicans do not have a two-thirds majority in Congress so an override is out of the question. Due to this situation defunding of the Act cannot occur in the status quo. As far as the State of the Union speech goes, The President can draw attention to what he/she believes is important. The press covers the speech with meticulous detail, which grabs the public’s attention. Senators and Representatives need reelected which requires them to pay attention to the topics that interest public. This circle of attention allows The President to control Congress’ agenda through his/her words to the public. The Constitution mentions the State of the Union speech but it does not entail a televised event once a year; it says from time to time. This shows the Stewardship

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