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US Government

Vocabulary terms related to our government.
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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