In contrast, an agreement between Congress and the executive branch becomes binding only with a simple majority in both houses of Congress. Agreements between Congress and the executive branch should not be confused with executive agreements made by the president alone. See z.B. Garamendi, 539 U.S. at 415 (Discussion of Executive Agreements on ”Executive Agreements for the Settlement of Claims of U.S. National Governments” of ”as early as 1799”); Law of 20 February 1792, § 26, 1 Stat. 239 (Law of the Second Congress authorizing postal executive agreements). These examples are automatically selected from different online message sources to reflect the current use of the word ”executive agreement.” The opinions expressed in the examples do not give the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its publishers. Send us feedback. .