Let me explain my thought process... I've relatively recently decided to get myself into politics and can't start college classes until the spring because of moving in a few weeks. Because of this, I've decided to start doing my own research so I don't seem like a total idiot when I do get into the classes and to have a better understanding of the government and their systems as a whole. My research has gone pretty well - until I asked the questions no one really seems to be able to explain to me. Does the Legislative Branch actually have more power than the Executive Branch, despite the efforts of Checks and Balances? Let's pretend, for a moment, that I'm perfect so my research must be, too. (I'm not and it probably isn't and that's how we got here...) My research has given me the information about each branch's powers and who controls what. The Legislative Branch has the Congress. The Executive Branch has the president and VP, (and more but my question is more related to Congress and the president.) The research that brought me to this question is finding out that Congress can pass a bill regardless of the president's veto and the bill can pass regardless after 10 days if the president hasn't decided on a pocket veto. If Congress proposes a bill, votes on the bill and decides to send it off to the president and the president vetoes it, that should be the end of it, right? Then the process should start over again and they should have to rewrite the bill and attempt it again but that isn't the case. The Congress, as a whole, can vote after the veto and make the bill into law anyway. It almost seems like Congress has way more power than the president by being able to pass a bill after a veto. What I can't find any answers on is: Are there any other guidelines, aside from voting, put upon Congress so they can't abuse this power? Congress has only used this power a handful of times to very few presidents. This leads me to believe that there are more guidelines or restrictions to this power. Otherwise, wouldn't they have used it more? Note: These are genuine questions that I'm desperately searching for. I understand my research may be wrong and that I may not be understanding something as well as I'd like to. I'm searching for help and just want the answers to my questions and any corrections to my research. All of my main research has come from usa.gov.