What are the strengths and weakness of the legislative branch?

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There are strengths and weaknesses of the legislative branch. I will focus on the legislative branch at the federal level. One of the strengths of the legislative branch is that this branch makes our laws. The legislative branch takes a proposed idea, called a bill, and shapes into a law following a process established by the legislative branch. If the bill passes both houses of Congress and is signed by the President, it becomes a law. The legislative branch also is responsible for levying and collecting taxes, making money, and controlling trade. The legislative branch has the ability to do many good things for our country by making good laws.

There are some weaknesses of the legislative branch. First, the legislative branch is restricted to making laws. This branch can’t carry out or interpret the laws. These jobs belong to other branches of the federal government. The writers of the Constitution created this system to help ensure that the federal government wouldn’t have too much power. Sometimes the legislative branch gets bogged down in partisan politics. Instead of doing what is good for the country, the members of this branch will do what the majority party wants to do. This can lead to a lack of productivity if members of the legislative branch aren’t willing to work together. Some people believe that currently exists in the legislative branch at the federal level.

The legislative branch is an important part of our government. It has some strengths and some weaknesses.

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