Sunday, January 13, 2013

Should the president be able to appoint his cabinet without advice and consent from the senate? Should the senate have more power over more of his appointees? What part of the constitution discusses this topic?



34 comments:

Nadia Tabbal said...
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Nadia Tabbal said...

Through the checks and balances system there are measures to ensure no one branch has power over another. With that being said, I believe the president should be able to appoint his cabinet without advice and consent from the senate. Also, I don't think the senate should have more power over his appointees because through checks and balances the senate already has a means of ensuring the executive branch doesn't have complete control over enforcing the laws and policies passed in our country. Article 1 Section 1 discusses the requirement of all legislative powers to be vested in a Congress consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives. Article 1 Section 7 requires every bill passed by the House and Senate, before becoming law, to be presented to the president, and, if he disapproves, to be re-passed by two-thirds of the Senate and House.

Zach Matusinec said...

The president should be able to pick whoever he wants for his cabinet. It is his decision on who is well qualified for each position. Article 2 Section 2 simply states that the president "may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices." I am not sure where the process of consent from the Senate comes from.

jake medved said...

I believe that the president should be able to appiont is cabinet without the cabinet being controlled by the senate. checks and balances assures no one branch of government has too much power, with this the senete does alot, and giving them controll over the presidents cabinet just gives them more power.

Brittany R said...

In my opinion the President should be able to appoint his cabinet without advice from the senate. It is his personal opinion, and he is well qualified to make a good decision. The senate should also not have any more power over his appointees, because the checks and balances system prevents the executive branch from having to much power. In Article 1 Section 1 of the constitution it stats all legislative powers within Congress.

Haley S said...

The existence of a Cabinet dates back to George Washington who chose men to advise and assist him in his duties, and I believe the president should be able to appoint whoever he wants for his cabinet. Though there is no specific definition of a "Cabinet" in the US Constitution, the Constitution implicitly creates a cabinet. Article two creates the executive branch consisting of the President, Vice President, and other executive officers. Article 2 Section 2 Clause 1 and Section 4 of the 25th Amendment discuss "the principle officers of the executive departments".

Max Francis said...

The president should be able to staff his cabinet how he wans. I do not know why the senate would have say in the matter. The president has the ability to have s cabinet and staff the positions how he likes says section two, article two of the constitution.

Natalie Sobierajski said...

I believe the president has the power to appoint anyone he pleases to be a part of his cabinet. According to thefreedictionary.com the president's cabinet is defined as "a board to advise the President; members are the secretaries of executive departments; the United States constitution does not provide for the cabinet." In the past I do remember a president that appointed members with no qualifications, instead the cabinet was filled with his friends; however, we are at a new stage of government and politics. Recent, current, and future presidents understand the need to have qualified members. Therefore, Senate should not have a word in the members appointed.

Nick Berry said...

I believe that the president should be able to appoint cabinet members without Senate consent. It is a power exclusively for the executive branch, so I think only the president, vice-president, and their advisors should contribute to cabinet member appointments. I think the Senate should only have the power to remove cabinet members in extreme cases with a large vote of 2/3 of the Senate. This would only be relevant if a cabinet member does something unconstitutional or if the member breaks a law. Article 2 Section 1 discusses the separation of powers of the executive branch. "The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America." This type of executive business should not really involve the legislative branch too much.

Mike O said...

The president should be able to appoint his cabinet without Senate advice and consent. Article 2 section 2 says that the president can get opinions from Senate members, but that he does not need their opinions to make his decisions.

Brandon Ebli said...

I believe the president should have full power to pick his/her cabinet, the senate should have no say in the matter. if the president actually gets to pick their cabinet changes may actually happen what the president intended to accomplish has a better chance of happing due to his/her hand picked team. the section that discusses this is article 1 section 7.

KurtO said...

I believe that the senate should have the power to approve the president's picks for his/her cabinet. The president is already able to pick advisers without consent from the senate. So in order to provide a check on the president's power, the president should need the senate's approval for cabinet members. However the senate should not have more power over the president's cabinet choices because it will tip the power over cabinet choices unfavorably towards the senate. In Article 2 Secton 2, the details over how the president may appoint executives to head each of the departments of the government.

Jack P. said...

In our government today a certain amount of trust needs to be placed in elected officials that they are going to do their job to the best of their abilities. With that being said, No, congress should not have more control over the presidents cabinet appointees because they need to trust that the president is picking the right people to the right positions in order to do his/her job to the best of his/her abilities for the good of the country

Peyton Tebon said...

In U.S government, the cabinet is simply a group of advisers to the president. In fact, the idea of a cabinet is not even included in the constitution, it is simply a precedence set by George Washington. Given that information, I believe the Senate should not be involved in the selection process of the cabinet. If the senate wants to be involved it should only be through suggestion and from senator to president instead of senate to president. The senate has enough power over the executive branch through the system of checks and balances and the need for further involvement is unnecessary.

Garrett LeGros said...

because of checks and balances no one branch of government has more power over one another. i believe that the senate should not have a say in what the president decides on who his cabinet will consist of. article two section two states that the president has complete control over this. the only way the senate would have a say in who the cabinets members are is if we altered the constitution, which will unlikely happen because it would give the legislative branch more power.

PatrickW said...

I believe that the current system of nomination by the president and approval by the senate is the best. The people in the cabinet are heads of major US departments and should be reviewed by congress and accountable to the people in some way. This would fall under Article 2 section 2 of the Constitution. Also, according to the 25th amendment these people are in the presidential line of succession and should be reviewed by Congress before allowed to enter their position.

Olyvia Moczynski said...

Personally, I think the president should be able to appoint his cabinet without permission from senate. The president is an able man and can make his own choices about who he wants to help him out. It is his own opinion. Article 1 section 1 of the US Constitution explains the legislative powers of congress.

Noah Rusch said...

I do not believe that Congress should have say in the matter. The President should be able to sufficiently choose advisers that are qualified for the positions they are chosen for. The constitution does not specifically touch on the topic of whether or not Congress should be able to have a say in who the President chooses for his cabinet. The closest it comes is when it provides that the President, "may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive department..." This does not even say that the president is required to staff a cabinet, much less have the congress appoint it.

Anne L. said...

Article Two Section Two provides for the president to appoint his cabinet with advice and consent from senate, but is not required to accept this advice or consent. This decision is entirely up to the president, thus he should not be limited by the senate.

Melissa Wurst said...

The President should be able to appoint the without the adivice or consent from the cabinet. Article 2 section 2 gives the president power to appoint head executives to each department of the government. The system of checks and balances was created so each branch had power over the other but no branch had more power than the other so no the senate should not have more power over his appointees.

brody k said...

the checks and balances system is to ensure one branch doesn't have more control over another. I beleive the president should be ale to apoint his own cabinet with out advice or consent from the senate. I dont think the senate should have any advide or consent to the presidents decision for the cabinet. Article 1 section 1 discusses the requirement of all legislative powers to vested in a congress of a senate and house of representatives.

Kayla Kenney said...

I believe that president has the right to appoint whoever he believes is qualified. I also believe that the Senate may be able to state their opinions on the matter. I think it would be to our benefit if the Senate had a chance to state what they thought about the appointed offical. But in the end I do believe its the president's choice who is elected. Senate should not have more power than the appointees. Each have equal power in their respective areas. And due to checks and balances system, I think that the Senate should not have more power. In Article 1, Section 3 in the constitution, it covers the responsibilty of the Senate.

Amy Klaus said...

I think that the President should be able to appoint his cabinet without advice and consent from the Senate. It is his opinion and he can make his own decisions. The checks and balances prevents the executive branch having too much power, so the senate shouldn't have any more power. In Article 1 Section 1 it states the legislative powers of Congress.

Matt Gilson said...

the president should have the power to pick his cabinet members

Matt Gilson said...

the president should have the power to pick his cabinet members

Jared Lederman said...

The president should be able to appoint his cabinet with out the senates consent. He should be able to talk to them when he pleases considering he is the president and with the senate having that power over him, I think they have the most power out of the government.

Josh DeGrave said...

I think the president should be able to appoint his cabinet members without advice and consent from the senate. In section 2.2 of the constitution it discusses how the president may appoint his department executives. The checks and balance system would be out of place if the power kept leaning toward the senate (Legislative Branch). I don't think the constitution will ever be amended to change on whether the president can appoint his cabinet because it will never get passed by three-fourths of the state or state legislatures.

Jack P. said...

I agree with the position on your argument and believe that you have constructed a good argument by presenting facts from the specific article and section

Tony M. said...

I think the president should be able to appoint his cabinet without advice and consent from the senate. The checks and balances system should ensure that nothing in the executive branch gets out of hand. Although, I think the president would be wise to at least take some advice from the senate...

KurtO said...

Max Francis: I understand why you believe that, but what you want is very similar to how the president picks advisors. Also have you heard of proof reading?

Alec J said...

I believe that the president should be able to appoint his own cabinet. It is his cabinet of advisors so he is more likely to actually consider the advice of the people he chooses. The senate should not have more power because this would complicate the process and it would give the legislative branch too much power. This is in Article 2 Section 2 of the Constitution.

Brandon Krawczyk said...

I think that the president should be allowed to appoint his cabinet, to a point. the process of having to go through the senate I think styfles some of the people that the president can see would be a very good fir for their position. the senate should have control over some of the positions like defense or treasury, since these peoles jobs affect us all.

Keely Smith said...

In my opinion, the president should be able to appoint his cabinet without advice and consent from the senate. It is the president's decision to make as to who he believes is best qualified to fill each position. Also, the senate should not have power over his appointees due to the checks and balances system. This system prevents the any branch from having too much power. Article 1 Section 1 of the constitution lists all of the legislative powers within Congress.

Kaitlyn L said...

The prez should be able to appoint his cabinet without Senate advice and consent. Section 2 says that the president can get opinions from Senate members but does not require their opinions.