I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me.
Unlike his predecessors, Jackson believed the president's legislative role extended far beyond approving or vetoing billsThe veto allows the president to strike down legislation passed by Congress. sent to him by Congress. In his view, the president should lead the process and require Congress to work with him to get legislation passed.
Nothing more exemplified this then when he wanted to pass the Indian Removal ActThe act empowered the president to negotiate removal treaties with Indian nations. – an act that would allow the president to negotiate treaties to remove American Indians from their land in exchange for lands further west.
The bill was extremely controversial and in order to get it passed Jackson realized that the White House had to take the lead, so he pressured Democrats in Congress by telling them he had "staked the success of his administration upon this measure."
Several Congressmen yielded to the pressure and the bill passed, but the House of Representatives accused Jackson of interfering with the legislative process.