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Handout A: The President and Federal Power (V2)

The President and Federal Power

Directions: Read all of Article II. Then look carefully at the sections which include the phrases below. Define each phrase and explain how it defines the executive power.

  1. ARTICLE I, SECTION 7 …[I]f he approve he shall sign [a bill], but if not he shall return it…
  2. ARTICLE II, SECTION 1 The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America….
  3. ARTICLE II, SECTION 1 He shall take the following oath or affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
  4. ARTICLE II, SECTION 3 He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient…
  5. ARTICLE II, SECTION 3 [H]e shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed…
  6. ARTICLE II, SECTION 4 The President…shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.