US Government

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Vocabulary terms related to our government.

amendment

an addition to the Constitution

Article of Confederation

A set of rules to join the states together (our first government)

bill

A written idea for a law

cabinet

The President's advisors

checks and balances

A system to be sure one branch of the government does not take over power

Commander-in-Chief

The head of the armed forces

Congress

The legislature- the House of Representatives and the Senate

Constitution

A plan of government

Constitutional Convention

A meeting of delegates from every state to choose men to write the Constitution

Executive Branch

carries out laws (the president)

Federal Government

A system that gives power to state and central governments

Founding Fathers

Members of the Constitutional Convention

House of Representatives

Part of congress (population size determines how many reps a state gets)

Judicial Branch

The court system

Legislative Branch

The law making body

override a veto

Vote to allow a bill to pass that the President does not want

Senate

a part of congress (2 from each state)

Supreme Court

the highest court in the US

Three Branches of Government

Executive, Legislative, Judicial

governor

Head of state government

treaty

an agreement between two countries

veto

the right of the president to refuse to sign a bill into law

Washington D. C.

the capital city of the USA

Democracy

A government run by the people, for the people

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