This week we will continue our study of the three branches of government. As you know the executive branch is headed by the President and the Vice President with their primary role being to enforce laws passed by the U.S. Congress. In order to do this the president is afforded many powers, some formal and some informal. One such informal power is the power of bargaining and persuasion. This particular informal power enables the president to secure congressional action. Currently President Biden is using this power to generate support from the U.S. Senate to secure the passage of a massive $2.2 trillion social spending bill.
Given that we have a unified government, it may be easier for the President to secure the passage of this bill. However, it may not be plain sailing as many Americans are concerned with the cost of the legislation and the potential future economic ramifications. To help further our understanding of this legislation I would like for you to read the articles below and respond to the questions.
Q1. Read the first two articles and summarize the major categories of spending that this bill will cover.
Q2. Click the policy link. From your reading determine whether this spending bill fits in line with Keynesian economic policy or laissez-faire economic policy. Explain your answer.
Q3. How persuasive will President Biden need to be when it comes to the Senate? Explain your answer.
Q4. Should the Senate pass this legislation? Explain your answer and in doing so site specific pros and cons associated with it.