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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 16. Who Really Makes the Laws?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43576


Congress really makes the law in most instances. But the president has the ability to attract public attention to his ideas and a veto pen, so has a significant impact on issues relevant to his priorities. Presidents also have substantial influence over budgets and foreign policy.

Chapter Contributors

  • Eric Heberlig ( - eheberlig) 'University of North Carolina Charlotte'