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Why does the President need the services of a cabinet?

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2009-01-28 16:45:29
2009-01-28 16:45:29

The Cabinet is a part of the executive branch of the U.S. federal government consisting of the heads of federal executive departments.

The importance is for the president to have a team of people who are there by his side to help make final decisions.

As well as congress, the cabinet is there for more security on certain issues the president has to face. The first president of the United States, George Washington, quickly realized the importance of having a cabinet. Among his first acts he persuaded Congress to recognize the Departments of Foreign Affairs (renamed State and given additional powers a few months after its creation), Treasury, and War. The heads of these executive departments would be given the title of "secretary" followed by the name of their department. Although Washington's Cabinet also contained the position of Attorney General, the Attorney General did not become the head of the Justice Department until 1870. I hope that helps a little. The president also needs the cabinet in case He dies, and the VP dies

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