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Separation of Powers question

 
 
Reply Fri 21 Jul, 2017 08:46 am
I've always wondered why the Founders assigned the role of Senate President
to the Vice President. Giving the VP the tie-breaking vote in a legislative body
seems to be a basic violation of the separation of powers. Anyone know the reason for this?
 
maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jul, 2017 09:14 am
@rdmarcus,
I don't understand why this would be a violation of the separation of powers. Each branch has powers, this is one given to the vice president.

The president can veto legalisation, do you consider that a violation of separation of powers? The Congress can block cabinet nominees, is that a violation?
centrox
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jul, 2017 10:50 am
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:
The president can veto legalisation,

He hasn't vetoed the legalisation of marijuana in Colorado, I think. Is he a stoner?

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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jul, 2017 11:04 am
@rdmarcus,
rdmarcus wrote:

I've always wondered why the Founders assigned the role of Senate President
to the Vice President. Giving the VP the tie-breaking vote in a legislative body
seems to be a basic violation of the separation of powers.

It's a check on the senate, albeit a very lame, not so particularly power check as you might be implying.

All things considered, it's a rare practice given how many hundreds of bills go through the senate in a give year.

List of tie-breaking votes cast by vice presidents of the United States
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