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1 How the Federal Gov’t Works: Executive Branch
Part 5 – pg 134

2 Pg 134 Article 2 sets up executive branch to carry out laws and run the affairs of the national gov’t President is head of executive branch Others that help run the gov’t: Vice President, the Cabinet, and ppl in the many departments and agencies

3 There are 22 key players in the Executive Branch
There are 22 key players in the Executive Branch. Listed below are the positions with a brief description of their allotted powers Secretary of Education Secretary of Veteran Affairs Secretary of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Ambassador of the Environmental Protection Agency President Vice President Secretary of State Director of the Office of Management and Budget Secretary of Treasury Secretary of Defense Attorney General U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador to the United Nations Secretary of the Interior Secretary of Agriculture Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Secretary of Commerce Secretary of Labor Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Secretary of Transportation Secretary of Energy

4 Powers of the President
Pg 134 Powers of the President Founding Fathers intended the Congress to have the most control Very little is said about the job of the president Many president have had to take necessary action just to keep the nation running Ever since the Korean War, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution – which refers to the president as the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States” – has been interpreted this way: “The president has the power to initiate hostilities without consulting Congress.”

5 Powers of the President Include:
Veto bills Serve as commander in chief of armed forces Negotiate foreign treaties Appoint federal judges, ambassadors, and other high officials Grant pardons to federal offenders In his final day in office, George Washington granted the first high-profile federal pardon to leaders of the Whiskey Rebellion. A symbolic use of the presidential pardon is the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation each Thanksgiving, in which a domestic turkey is pardoned from being slaughtered for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed to live out its life on a farm. Propose laws Pg 134

6 Electing the President
Pg 135 Electing the President 4 year term No more than 2 terms Electoral college: The President and Vice President are not elected directly by the voters. Instead, they are elected by "electors" who are chosen by popular vote on a state-by-state basis Who got the most electoral votes?

7 If you were a Presidential Candidate which states would you visit during your campaign?

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