Backseat Driving: The Role of Congress in American Diplomacy

Lindsay, James M.
November 2013
World Politics Review (19446284);11/19/2013, p4
The article explains the function of the U.S. House of Representatives in U.S. foreign relations. The House can influence the opinions of U.S. presidents addressed to foreign governments in spite of having no main function in holding diplomatic talks, as the House can manage the federal budget and impose laws that could limit the freedom of maneuver for the U.S. president. The House can handle diplomatic affairs by rendering consultation and advice on treaties.


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