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Legislature, Current Trends and Issues

national diversity, legislative branches, different political parties, effective government, separation of powers

The relationship of Congress with the executive branch is critical to the workings of the government. Friction often develops between presidents, who want swift action, and Congress, whose machinery makes movement slow. Congress reflects national diversity and mirrors the nation in its fragmentation and lack of central control. The conflict between the executive and legislative branches is accentuated if different political parties control the two branches. The American people need to decide whether a Congress of one party fighting the presidency of another is a separation of powers that produces effective government. While this circumstance diffuses power, it can run counter to the public interest if important issues are not dealt with because of partisan disagreements. In 1995, for example, the president and Congress were unable to agree on a federal budget, and without congressional appropriations there was no money to pay federal employees, resulting in a brief government shutdown.



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national diversity, legislative branches, different political parties, effective government, separation of powers, federal employees, federal budget, fragmentation, executive branch, swift action, circumstance, Friction, workings, presidency, presidents, conflict, counter, American people, important issues, party, machinery, example, money

 
 

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