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  • 1. ImperialvImperilled
  • 2. Imperial Presidency• Growth of federal power – New Deal• U.S. World’s policeman – foreign policy nowlargely the domain of the president and Congressusually defers to the White House in this area• The Nixon presidency (1968 -1974) generally seenas the culmination of the growth of presidentialpower• Schlesinger called this the ‘imperial presidency’ in1973• Because of this growth it contained morepossibility for abuse – which happened duringVietnam War and the Watergate scandal
  • 3. Imperilled Presidency• Increasing congressional resources to make Congress moreeffective in oversight, such as setting up Congressional BudgetOffice• Passing the Case Act of 1972, forcing the president to informCongress of all executive agreements made with other states• Allowing the passage of the War Powers Resolution in 1973(vetoed by Nixon but overridden), restricting, in theory, thepresident’s powers to commit troops into hostilities.• Passing the budget & Impoundment Control Act in 1974 to preventthe president from impounding money agreed by Congress• The threat of impeachment leading to resignation of ‘imperial’president.