I was curious about what the exact Constitutional role of the Vice-President given the question on Cheney’s interpretation during the Veep debate.
First of all, it is found in Article I which does deal with the legislative branch and it says
This is similar to Robert’s Rules of Order except that they allow for the Chair or President of the assembly to vote when by secret ballot or if their single vote would change the outcome of the vote on a motion needing a majority or 2/3 vote. Strangly enough, there is nothing in the Constitution limiting the Vice-President’s powers to run the Senate. Yes, he mus leave Congress to be acting President, but so would the SOTH or PPTOTS.
In Article II, except for the method of election, the only mention of the Vice-President is
Considering that the Supreme Court was relatively weak until John Marshall “interpreted” the Constitution as giving SCOTUS (and through it, and the subordinate Federal courts) the final word on Constitutionality of laws. Also considering that the Senate had interpreted the Constitution as giving Congressmen immunity from impeachment but not judges. Is it not possible that an valid interpretation can be made that the Vice-President is a member of the legislative branch and is the only officer in two branches concurrently?