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What does the executive branch do?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted August 27, 2009 at 3:52 AM via web

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What does the executive branch do?

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oliviap123 | Middle School Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted August 27, 2009 at 5:58 AM (Answer #1)

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The executive branch is responsible for implementing the laws that are created by the legislative branch (the Senate and House of Representatives).  The head of the executive branch is the President of the United States.  His role includes acting as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.  If the President is unable to serve out his term (due to death, impeachment, or resignation), the Vice-President will take over, making him another important member of the executive branch.

In addition to the President and Vice-President, the executive branch includes the heads of the executive departments (Department of State, Department of Defense, etc.).  The heads of these departments are called Secretaries and they serve as members of the President's Cabinet.

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hpus12 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted August 17, 2011 at 11:18 PM (Answer #3)

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The Executive Branch is in charge of the administrative aspect of the government. It supervises the operations of the different departments such as Finance, Social Welfare, Defense and others. It has direct control over the local governments units to ensure that the needs of the people are attended to by the public servants.

The purpose of the executive branch is to execute, enforce and administer the laws that Congress passes.

The president also acts as commander-in-chief of the armed forces; however, his ability to wage war is dependent upon the Congress, since they alone have the power to declare war, and since they control the purse strings.

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rkalumna | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted September 1, 2011 at 6:51 AM (Answer #4)

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Fundamentally, the executive branch was established to enforce and execute the laws that the legislative branch creates. The executive is made of many parts each with different specific duties, but in general, they administrate the federal laws of government.  The president is, perhaps, the most well-known of the executive branch and his/her duties include being the commander-in-chief of the military,signing legislation into law, vetoing bills and negotiating and signing treaties as part of the executive branch's duty to hold diplomacy with other nations. The vast majority of these decisions have to be either approved by the legislature or can be vetoed by it. Next comes the vice president, his/her duties include very simply taking over the president's duties in a moment's notice, should the president die, become incapacitated, or resign quite suddenly and to advise the president. The only other duty, though rarely practiced, the vice president possesses is to break a tie in the senate should the need arise. After that there is the Executive Office of the President, established during FDR's time to assist the President in governing effectively and making future decisions, this section of the Executive is fuller and more complex than it sounds, employing over 1800 people. Finally there is the Cabinet, a body who advises the president, runs the federal agencies and help enforce laws. The cabinet oversees 15 different departments and all together employs over 4 million Americans. The head of each Department is referred to as secretary, and are the president's closest confidants, except from the head of the Department of Justice who is known as Attorney General. One of the Attorney General. Members of the armed forces, contrary to what some may believe, are also part of the executive branch.

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ellendriscoll1 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 24, 2012 at 5:59 AM (Answer #5)

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due to our system of checks and balances the executive branch may only sing into law legilation sent up from congess , he may also choose to veto a ill in which case congress can overide his choice by seecuring a 2/3 majority in the house and senate or, finally , he may opt to "pocket veto" or refuse to take any action on the pending legislation until congress submits a bill more to his liking or the congressional term ends and the bill simply dies.

eeven if the bill is signed into law the Judicial branch can render it useless by deciding it violates state or individual rights

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tulanelaw | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 1, 2009 at 2:57 PM (Answer #2)

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the president of the US is not the head of the other two branches of goverment

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ella301 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted September 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM (Answer #7)

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The executive branch is responsible for implementing the laws that are created by the legislative branch (the Senate and House of Representatives). The head of the executive branch is the President of the United States. His role includes acting as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. If the President is unable to serve out his term (due to death, impeachment, or resignation), the Vice-President will take over, making him another important member of the executive branch.

In addition to the President and Vice-President, the executive branch includes the heads of the executive departments (Department of State, Department of Defense, etc.). The heads of these departments are called Secretaries and they serve as members of the President's Cabinet.

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jbrenw | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted September 29, 2011 at 2:46 AM (Answer #8)

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It approves and enforces laws made by the legislative branch.

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shweta12patel | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted October 1, 2011 at 12:32 AM (Answer #9)

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The Executive Branch enforce the laws and carries them out made by Congress and interpreted by Judiciary. The head of the Executive branch is President who is the Commander-in-chief of the Armed forces, he signs bills that become laws, and he has the cabinet to help him out with the Government and also the Vice President helps at times and the Cabinet has 15 departments in which each department has a certain job to do and the President nominates the Secretaries of the departments but the Senate has to approve them and the President has the power to veto the bills the Congress has made.

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rileyb | Student, College Freshman | Salutatorian

Posted October 5, 2011 at 5:09 AM (Answer #10)

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The Executive Branch is in charge of the administrative aspect of the government. It supervises the operations of the different departments such as Finance, Social Welfare, Defense and others. It has direct control over the local governments units to ensure that the needs of the people are attended to by the public servants.

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patelmilia98 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:23 AM (Answer #11)

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1.they keep doing budgets

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matthew0109 | Student | Honors

Posted November 12, 2011 at 1:04 PM (Answer #12)

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The President has most of the power of the Executive Branch  The President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress and appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet. The Vice President is also part of the Executive Branch.  The Vice President takes the President's place if necessary.

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted December 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM (Answer #13)

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abhi4307 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM (Answer #14)

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The executive branch executes laws and ensures the proper functioning of law int he country or state

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted August 27, 2009 at 11:55 AM (Answer #15)

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I believe this question relates to the division of functions of governments.

The answer posted above gives a fairly good coverage of the executive branch of the government of USA. However, I think it will be useful to elaborate on some of the points.

First, divisions of government in legislative, executive, and judicial branch is common in many democratic countries of the world. Though the exact organization structure and procedures adopted for performing these functions may differ from country to country, the basic function remain quite similar.

Second, the division of government in the three branches is not limited to the elected representative, but it covers the entire machinery of the government included regular government employees.

Third, implementing the laws is just one of the functions of the executive branch. Though, the executive branch, has to work within the frame work of law of the land, it will not be quite correct to describe that as its sole or even main function. The core function of the executive branch is to preform all the function required to safeguard common interest of the company. For example, providing civic services is one of the many services performed by government agencies in most of the countries. It will not be appropriate to to describe this as work of implementing law.

Fourth, though many people in government perform only executive functions, there are others, particularly the elected representatives that perform a combination of legislative, executive and judicial functions. For example the President in USA is not only the head of executive branch but also of the other two branches of government.

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bak19 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted June 30, 2011 at 2:36 AM (Answer #16)

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to execute the laws

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mikeeverett99 | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted July 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM (Answer #6)

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Ha, not much

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dcaplinger | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted September 10, 2011 at 8:26 PM (Answer #17)

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The simplest way to answer this for American government:

The Executive Branch - Enforces the law, oversees the day to day operations of government.

 

The Legislative Branch - Creates the law, also authorizes all government spending

 

The Judicial Branch - Interprets the law, also determines if any specific law is constitutional or not.

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yasminebenmbarek | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM (Answer #22)

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to carry on laws!

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lammygotswag15 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 24, 2012 at 12:43 AM (Answer #23)

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The executive branch EXECUTES laws. Get it? EXECUTive? EXECUTE? Kayy. Our country's EXECUTIVE branch _EXECUTES_ the laws that Congress passes. Congress PASSES LEGAL LAWS. The country's EXECUTIVE branch (The President, the Justice Department, Department of Labor, etc.) makes sure that these laws are obeyed by all the citizens of our country. They EXECUTE (put into force) the laws by making sure everyone knows about them and obeys them.


Think of it this way: If you don't obey the laws, the EXECUTIVE branch of our government will EXECUTE you. They will make you stand in a court of law and, if you are guilty of breaking a law, they will send you to prison (or worse).

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rocko92 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM (Answer #24)

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The function of the executive branch is to execute and enforce laws and legislation created by Congress. It is the part of government responsible for putting laws into action. The executive branch is led by the President and his chosen cabinet. The Vice President is also part of the executive branch, and must be ready to assume the role of President in case of emergencies. 

The president's executive powers allow him or her to either sign (enforce) a law produced by congress, or veto (deny) it. The executive branch is also involved in diplomacy contact with other countries. 

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truthseekah | Salutatorian

Posted January 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM (Answer #25)

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That depends on what time you are referring. As established early on in our government, the executive branch was set up to enforce laws made by the legislative branch. And, for the most part, has operated as intended by our forefathers. Unfortunately, the executive branch (specifically, the president) has overreached its duties and now many times bypasses the legislative branch creating laws using "executive orders".  With this trend, Congress will become totally irrelevant.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 3:50 PM (Answer #26)

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Executive Branch- President, enforces the laws passed on by legislative.

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alyboo42 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM (Answer #27)

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executive branch enforces laws.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM (Answer #28)

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The Executive Branch is in charge of the administrative aspect of the government. It supervises the operations of the different departments such as Finance, Social Welfare, Defense and others. It has direct control over the local governments units to ensure that the needs of the people are attended to by the public servants.

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panda2014 | Student, Grade 12 | Honors

Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM (Answer #29)

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The Executive Branch is a branch of government in charge of being the head of the government, approving laws, and proposing treaties. The President is the head of the Executive Branch. There are different agencies in the executive branch such as the bureaucracy, which are regulatory agencies, the EOP, and Cabinet.

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted June 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM (Answer #30)

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The head of the executive branch is the President of the United States themselves. Therefore, it gives the President a lot of power to implement and enforce the laws. The President also supervises several branches underneath the executive branch: Defense, Finance, Social Welfare, the Cabinet, and other agencies.

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taangerine | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 29, 2014 at 7:49 AM (Answer #31)

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The executive branch is whom cabinet members approach. Branching from President to Vice President and Cabinet, the executive branch carries out the laws.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 1:52 AM (Answer #32)

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The executive brach is the branch that includes the president, and vice president they enforce laws. 

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted August 12, 2014 at 12:44 AM (Answer #33)

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The executive branch is the branch that includes the president and the vice president. They work together to write and enforce laws. The executive branch includes leaders who also help enforce laws with the president and the vice president.

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM (Answer #34)

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The Executive Branch enforce the laws the legislative branch created.

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