What is an example of a legislative check on the executive branch?

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Focusing on the federal government, one example of how the legislative branch can check the executive branch is by overriding a presidential veto. Congress passes laws, but the President can veto the proposed law if he doesn’t approve of it. However, Congress can override this veto if two-thirds of both...

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Focusing on the federal government, one example of how the legislative branch can check the executive branch is by overriding a presidential veto. Congress passes laws, but the President can veto the proposed law if he doesn’t approve of it. However, Congress can override this veto if two-thirds of both houses of Congress vote to do so.

Another example is that the Senate must approve the president’s choice for a Supreme Court justice. When Supreme Court justice Scalia died suddenly, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace him. However, the Senate refused to act on the nomination stating that a nomination should not be confirmed in the last year of a president’s term in office. This was a somewhat controversial move by the Senate, and as a result, when President Trump took office, he needed to nominate a justice. He nominated Neil Gorsuch. The Senate held confirmation hearings, and he was eventually confirmed. The same process will now occur since Supreme Court justice Kennedy has announced his retirement.

These are two examples of how the legislative branch can check the executive branch.

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