Day of anti-government protests

There are 4 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by EJLarson.

  • On the other hand, what's the point of congress if the president then vetoes the democratic process?

    The quick answer is that the democratic process includes separation of powers and checks and balances. If the President doesn’t approve the legislation, he doesn’t sign it into law (veto). If Congress really hates that veto they can override it and enact their law anyway. It’s worked pretty well over the years, given a more-or-less clean adversarial process.

  • Ed's right. This is why it is never good for congresspersons of the party in power to roll over and play dead, abandoning both principles and party commitments to go along with the president. Nor is it good for the opposition party to sit on their hands and ride out a president's term, refusing to do their job and act.

    For the system of Separation of Powers to work, Congress is needed as a counterbalance and independent voice.

  • But will they override it?

    It’s about numbers and will. Can’t say about Argentina, but in the US it takes three-quarters of the Senate to override a veto. So they really have to want to do it even to mount the challenge, then convince how ever many of the opposition they need to get to 75%.

    Currently, Cambiemos has 25 of the 72 Senate seats. No way the PJs get to 54 votes (assuming 75% is true for here), so it’s very unlikely they’ll even try.