#US-General Election# – After the Election: Starting on the job – How much power does the president actually have?
A post-election president may have won the presidency, but that doesn’t mean he or she has the power to do whatever they want. New presidents are often frustrated once they realize exactly how difficult it is to get things done in the White House. This is due, in part, to the way the federal government is set up.
The U.S. government is based on a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one person (or group) has too much power. In order to achieve this, the government is split into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. The executive branch consists of the president, vice president, and executive departments and agencies such as the Department of State, and it can both propose and veto legislation. The legislative branch is composed of two chambers of Congress: the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. It, too, can both introduce and veto legislation. The judicial branch is responsible for passing judgement on legal cases, and is comprised of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts. Although it cannot introduce laws, the judicial branch can challenge legislation in court.
#U.S. Elections to be held on Nov. 3#
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