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The Constitution gives power in the treaty-making process to both the President and the Senate. As chief executive, the President negotiates with foreign governments on treaties and other international agreements. A treaty is not effective until the two-thirds of the Senate gives its consent for the President to sign, or "ratify", the treaty. The Senate's consent may include amendments or interpretations about how the treaty should be implemented. These changes (or reservations) may result in further negotiation with the foreign government. The House has no power in the actual ratification process. The House can be involved in the implementation of a treaty should there be a need for an amendment to current U.S. law or if funding is needed to complete requirements of the treaty. Documents that are produced in the ratification process include Treaty Documents and Executive Reports.

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