Direct Authority and Theories of Power


Direct Authority 

  • Executive orders mean a President can bypass congress, Obama in 2013 using executive orders to get background checks on gun purchases 
  • However executive orders can be easily overturned, Trumps Travel Ban getting overturned in 2016 by the Supreme Court 
  • Presidents can also use signing statements to express their opposition to bills, Obama using a signing staements to express opposition to suing the Saudi Gov 
  • However signing statements dont actually affect the bills at all, law was still passed under Obama 
  • Can also use recess appointments to appoiont people without congressional approval, in 2012 Obama made threee appoitments to


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