The president's relationship with Congress is vital to politics. Federalism and the Constitution cry out for both the president and Congress to work constructively together for the benefit of America.
The relationship between the presidency and Congress has been, since the beginning, a difficult one. The founders put into place a system of checks and balances to help ensure that there would always be such a struggle. The inherent tension between one branch writing laws and budgets and the other branch carrying out the laws and spending the money has been a basic characteristic of American government. This symposium looks at that struggle in six different contexts. It aspires to give teachers material to help them illustrate the relationship between the legislative and executive branches in national government. The readings are short and accessible; the