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When considering the power held by the legislature in both the UK and the US it is essential to acknowledge the constitutional powers allocated to it in order to hold the executive to account In addition to this the changing nature of both legislatures must be taken into consideration in order to examine the powers that each exercise today However from the evidence that is available it is possible to infer that the US still maintains the most power in holding the executive to account regardless of the change in role it has undergone With specific regard to the US legislature its role has altered from the constitutional powers of law making to the seemingly less powerful role of law scrutiniser Although this may appear as if Congress has lost a significant amount of its powers this is not the case as Congress is still a very influential body with regard to legislation Evidence of this can be found in the number of bills that are passed in the US as only approximately 5 of bills are passed which shows that a great deal of power in holding the executive to account is maintained with regard to legislation The UK on the other hand is predominantly regarded as having its law making powers in the executive branch of the government However this traditional view is beginning to change and it now appears that the House of Commons has a stronger hold on the executive with regard to legislation The amount of legislation however that is passed the UK is in contrast to that of America as approximately 95 of bills are passed in Parliament This suggests that the House of Commons does not have as strong a hold on the executive as Congress does in the US with regard to legislation Party discipline also plays a significant role in establishing which legislature has the most power in holding the executive to account The
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