Branches of Government What are they, and what do they do?

What are the Branches of American Government and their Responsibilities?

The branches of american government are..


The executive branch of which is headed by the President is used to create and sign off on rules, after the reconciliation of one of the other two branches, being the Legislative and Judicial.


The Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject many Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers. The House of Representatives is made up of 435 elected members, divided among the 50 states in proportion to their total population.


The judicial branch is responsible for interpreting the laws passed by the legislative branch and enforced by the executive branch.

Draw/illustrate how the 3 Branches’ Power is Distributed.

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Summarize the purpose of “Checks and Balances” in the US Government.

Each branch “checks" the power of the other branches to make sure that the power is balanced between them. This way, no one branch becomes too powerful. For instance, the legislative branch introduces and votes on a bill. The bill then goes to the executive branch, where the President decides whether he thinks the bill is good for the country. If so, he signs the bill, and it becomes a law. If the President does not believe the bill is good for the country, he does not sign it. This is called a veto. But the legislative branch gets another chance. With enough votes, the legislative branch can override the executive branch's veto, and the bill becomes a law.

Which parts of the United States Government do you find to be most confusing or difficult to understand? Why?

I don't really feel that there is anything that I find majorly confusing in any way, simply because I find the US Government easy to understand,

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