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American Government 2e

Key Terms

American Government 2eKey Terms

bully pulpit
Theodore Roosevelt’s notion of the presidency as a platform from which the president could push an agenda
a group of advisors to the president, consisting of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch who head the fifteen executive departments
executive agreement
an international agreement between the president and another country made by the executive branch and without formal consent by the Senate
Executive Office of the President
the administrative organization that reports directly to the president and made up of important offices, units, and staff of the current president and headed by the White House chief of staff
executive order
a rule or order issued by the president without the cooperation of Congress and having the force of law
executive privilege
the president’s right to withhold information from Congress, the judiciary, or the public
going public
a term for when the president delivers a major television address in the hope that public pressure will result in legislators supporting the president on a major piece of legislation
the act of charging a government official with serious wrongdoing, which in some cases may lead to the removal of that official from office
king caucus
an informal meeting held in the nineteenth century, sometimes called a congressional caucus, made up of legislators in the Congress who met to decide on presidential nominees for their respective parties
line-item veto
a power created through law in 1996 and overturned by the Supreme Court in 1998 that allowed the president to veto specific aspects of bills passed by Congress while signing into law what remained
Office of Management and Budget
an office within the Executive Office of the President charged with producing the president’s budget, overseeing its implementation, and overseeing the executive bureaucracy
rally around the flag effect
a spike in presidential popularity during international crises
signing statement
a statement a president issues with the intent to influence the way a specific bill the president signs should be enforced
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