American Government Grace Krumwiede

What are the three branches?

The three branches of government in the U.S. are called, the legislative branch,the executive branch, and the judicial branch.

What is the judicial branch?

The judicial branch is responsible for interpreting laws,settling state disputes,decides constitutionality of laws,settles legal disputes,and punishes law breakers.

The judicial branch consists of nine justices who work in the supreme court. Justices serve a life-long term unless they are impeached and convicted by congress, retire, or resign.

9 U.S. Justices
Supreme Court,Washington D.C.

What is the legislative branch?

The legislative branch is responsible for creating laws, declaring war, approving treaties, approving budgets, overriding presidential vetos, and impeaching the president if necessary.

The legislative branch consists of congress. Congress consists of two houses, the house of representatives and the senate. In the house of representatives, representatives are elected for two year terms. In the senate, the senators are elected for six year terms.

U.S. Congress

The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building or Capitol Hill, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government.

The U.S. Capitol Building houses the U.S. congress and the seat of the legislative branch.

What is the executive branch?

The executive branch is responsible for enforcing laws, commanding the military, vetoing bills, creating the U.S. budget, and making foreign policies.

The executive branch consists of the president, and the cabinet. The cabinet advises the president, it consists of the vice-president and fifteen executive departments. The executive branch is run out of the white house in Washington D.C. The president is required by law to hold office for a minimum of four years and a maximum of eight years if re-elected by the people.

The White House
Previous U.S. Cabinet
Americas 45th and current president, Donald Trump

What are checks and balances?

In civics, checks and balances are used to keep one branch of government from using their responsibilities to become to power and over power the other two branches. For an example of checks and balances,congress can write a bill and then send it off to the president who has the power to veto the bill or sign the bill for it to become a law, and if the president vetos the bill and congress believes it is an important law, the congress still has the power to make the bill a law if two thirds of the congress votes in favor of the bill, but this is a very difficult thing to do.

For an example of a check, if the president elects a new judge for the supreme court, the judge is sent off to the legislative branch so the senate can approve of the elect. Another example could be that if the president sends troops over seas due to a rebellion that is putting Americans in danger, congress must approve because only congress can declare war, and congress must approve paying for actions, also the judicial branch has the power to say that what the president executive order is unconstitutional.

how is power distributed among the government?

whats the most confusing part of the government?

Lots of websites and resources talk about the constitution having power over all the branches of government covered in this page. It is confusing to many because the constitution plays a huge role in limiting not only the citizens of America but the government as well. Amendments are added onto the constitution as congress and the president pass bills and it is clear that most Americans do not understand how the constitution effects the government and how it has control over the government and how the constitution is like the "rule book" for the United States government.

Page 1 of the U.S. constitution

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