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Congress

There is a definite need for Congress in the United States. It serves
many roles
such as making laws, implementing national policy and watching over the other
two
branches of government. These are just a few of the duties of our U.S.
Congress.
Although they are essential to our government, there are potential problems.
People are
not always satisfied with the length of time involved in passing a law as
well as the
deadlock Congress can experience on an issue. Another potential problem
people see with
Congress is representation. Not all Americans feel that they are equally
represented.
The Congress of the United States is viewed by many as the largest branch
in
government. Some people might even say it is the most important. This is
due to the
roles Congress pays in our government. Congress is responsible for the
lawmaking in our
country as well as implementing national policy. The power to make laws was
given to
Congress by our forefathers when they constructed our constitution. Passing
laws is very
important to our country because without them we would be living in chaos.
Of course,
all our laws are not perfect but for the most part our Congress does a good
job at keeping
this country under control. The problems with lawmaking that most people see
is the time
involved in getting a law passed. In order for a bill to become a law it
must first be
introduced to the House or Senate, or both, then referred to a committee.
This can be a
very time consuming process. Anyone interested in having a law passed must
realize the
process involved and be patient. In addition to lawmaking Congress is also
involved in
passing amendments. Our nation has been able to grow and strengthen due to
the
amendment process. In order for our government to keep up with the changing
times it is
crucial that we make adjustments to the constitution. The downfall is that
the
amendments passed have not always kept up with changing times. Arguments
against
Congress would be that they taken to long in enforcing the amendments.
The U.S. Congress must also implement national policy. The Congress must
regulate commerce in order to create a prosperous economy. It is up to
Congress to
monitor the growth of the economy and be ready to act if necessary. Congress
has the
power to implement monetary policy in which they decrease taxes to induce
spending
during a slow economic period. They can also increase taxes if there is a
threat of
inflation. The problems with the role of Congress in the economy is again
the time factor.
It takes time to get the policy going so Congress must be able to detect
future economic
problems in order for it to be effective.
Congress makes up one of three branches of government. The three
branches,
executive, legislative, and judicial were designed in a way to prevent any
one branch from
having absolute power over our nation. Each branch was given the job to
check and
balance the other two branches. Congress has the job of watching over the
president. If
Congress detects any corruption by the president, it can bring about changes
to impeach
the president. Also, if the president becomes incapacitated it is up to
Congress to
determine him as unfit to continue his duties. Another way Congress checks
the president
is that it must approve any treaties to ensure that the president does not
have too much
power when it comes to foreign affairs. The Senate must ratify all treaties
by a two-thirds
vote. People will argue that Congress gives the president too much power in
the area of
foreign affairs. Bush embarked on major war against Iraq in 1991, without a
declaration
of war by Congress. Although these checks and balances are necessary they
can also
cause conflicts between branches. There is always a possibility that the
majority in
Congress can be of a different party than that of the president. The
disadvantage of the
American system is the deadlock that can develop between the president and
the Congress
over policy when each is in control of a different party.
There is a definite need for Congress in the United States. It serves
many roles
such as making laws, implementing national policy and watching over the other
two
branches of government. These are just a few of the duties of our U.S.
Congress.
Although they are essential to our government, there are potential problems.
People are
not always satisfied with the length of time involved in passing a law as
well as the
deadlock Congress can experience on an issue. Another potential problem
people see with
Congress is representation. Not all Americans feel that they are equally
represented.
The Congress of the United States is viewed by many as the largest branch
in
government. Some people might even say it is the most important. This is
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