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5th Grade Government

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Congress
Makes up the Legislative Branch, the legislature of the United States government
President, Vice President, and Cabinet
Makes up the Executive Branch, part of the executive branch
Senate
Legislative Body with 100 Members, the upper house of the United States Congress
House of Representatives
Legislative Body with 435 Members, the lower legislative house of the United States Congress
The People
Who elects the members of the Congress?
Checks and Balances
A system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of power
Checks and Balances of the Legislative Branch
Can override a veto by the President and approve who the President appoints to the Supreme Court
President
Executive branch member selected by election, appoints the 9 Supreme Court Justices
Vice President
Executive branch member selected by President who will become President if the President dies
Cabinet
Executive branch members appointed by the president
Executive Branch
Branch responsible for executing laws, Branch responsible for enforcing laws
Legislative Branch
Branch responsible for making laws
Judicial Branch
Branch responsible for interpreting laws and handing down judgments, Branch responsible for making sure laws are constitutional
Checks and Balances of the Judicial Branch
Checks that laws and the President's actions are constitutional
Supreme Court
Makes up the Judicial branch, consists of 9 justices who are appointed by the president
Checks and Balances of Executive Branch
Approval or veto of Congress' bills and appointment of Supreme Court Justices