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POL 101 1) Why does it take so long for the U.S Congress to act? The U.S. Congress is part of the executive branch, it is very crucial that the members of the executive branch check and balances itself. The purpose of checks and balances is to ensure that the three branches blocks and checks some acts among themselves to balance power and maintain order. This law was set by the founding fathers of our constitution to protect the people of the United States from any dictatorship, monarchy or anarchy. All parties of the U.S Congress have to vote and agree to act and decision making can be prolonged to ensure that an act is not unconstitutional. The U.S Congress consist of 435 House of Representatives and 100 Senators. The members of the U.S congress take so long to act because they have to address and vote on any issue or bill that is being introduced. When both houses make a compromise decision the president can either sign it or veto it and return it to congress. Congress can override a veto by 2/3rd majority vote in both houses. This is an example of how power is divided, shared, checked and balanced between our branches of government to ensure the rights of the people in the United States. In conclusion, Congress plays a very huge role in decision making and acting as representatives of the people of the United States. The U.S Congress does not have room for mistakes. The United States federal government will act accordingly to ensure that the laws of the United States are being enforced and any action on their behalf isn’t unconstitutional. 2) Should the United States Electoral College be abolished? The founding fathers were trying to make the election as impartial as possible they came up with the Electoral College to prevent corruption.They felt if the vote was left up to the population they would only vote for a President from their state because they didn’t…...

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