How can the executive branch check the legislative branch?
There are several ways the Executive Branch can check the Legislative Branch. The President has the power to veto bills sent to him by Congress. That means he does not sign the bill into law. In the State of the Union address, the President lays out his legislative agenda and those items are usually addressed first in the new Congress. The President can give speeches and appear on TV and radio to ask the public to support or oppose certain legislation. The right of "executive privilege" or the right to withhold information that Congress may want to obtain from the President gives the executive a way of blocking action and a way of forcing Congress to bargain with him over policies.