The Legislative Branch should have the power to override a president's veto
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My claim is that the legislative branch should have the power to override a president's veto.
There are two main reasons that the legislative branch should have the power to override the president's veto are as follows:
1. It would help stabilize the country if the president has problems. When I say this, I mean that if the Legislative Branch sends a bill to the president, and the bill is a bill that would be very good for our country, then if the president vetoes it because he is bribed, corrupt, or ignorant, the Legislative Branch will watch powerlessly as the bill floats powerlessly into the abyss. If the Legislative Branch has the power to override veto, then the bill, if it is good with all of the House and the Senate, will be passed, and the country will hopefully be a better place.
2. It would only be used in emergencies. Consider this: out of the 1884 regular presidential vetoes, only 104, or 7.1%, have been overriden by the Legislative Branch. This means that the Legislative Branch will not abuse this power to override random vetoes the president would give to bad bills.
Good luck Con, and take care!
Your argument has many inaccurate facts in it.
First of all, the House of Representatives does not have veto power. Instead, it can override the president's veto.
Second, to override the president's veto, Congress must have a supermajority, not a majority.
That said, on to my rebuttal.
1. Your checks and balances argument: As I said earlier, Congress must have a supermajority to override the president's veto. Considering that, generally, Congress is 50% democrats and 50% republicans, so it is very difficult to actually achieve a Congressional override. Here's some historical evidence:
Out of the 1884 regular presidential vetoes, only 104, or 7.1%, have been overriden by the Legislative Branch. (https://www.google.com...)
This statistic shows that the checks and balances system will not be overturned with keeping the Congressional override power.
2. You "there will be enormous gridlock" argument: Andrew Jackson is the exception, not the rule. Generally, Congress is 50% democrats and 50% republicans. Occasionally, a large event happens (like the American Civil War) and the balance is overturned, but generally the balance stays the same.
I await my opponent's response.
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