Constitution Vocabulary

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Constitution
A blueprint [plan] for a government
Preamble
An introduction to a document.
Bill
A proposed law
Veto
To reject a bill
Amendment
A change or addition to the Constitution.
Legislative Branch
The branch of the national government which makes the laws.
Congress
Executive Branch
Branch of the national government which enforces or carries out the law. Includes the president, the VP and many federal agencies.
Judicial Branch
Branch of government which interprets the law and makes sure laws are fair. Includes the Supreme Court and other federal courts.
House of Representatives
The lower house of Congress. There are 435 members. Number of Reps is based on population.
Senate
Upper house of Congress. There are 100 members, 2 from each state.
Impeach
To accuse a government official of a crime or misdeed.
Ratify
Approve
To Check
To limit power
To legislate
To write laws
To execute
To put laws and policies in effect
Judicial
By a judge
Unconstitutional
Invalid - goes against the U.S. Constitution.
Cabinet
The President's advisors; the head of 15 executive departments.
Congress
The legislative branch [House of Representatives and Senate]
Federal
National

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