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1 The United States Constitution Checks and Balances

2 Legislative Branch Executive Branch Judicial Branch

3 How can the Legislative Branch (Congress) check and balance the Executive Branch (President)? May reject presidential appointments May reject treaties from other nations May withhold funding/spending for presidential policies May impeach President for serious crimes May override Presidential Veto with 2/3rds majority – instead of a simple majority 5

4 How can the Legislative Branch (Congress) check and balance the power of the Judicial Branch (Supreme Court )? May propose Constitutional Amendments to add to the Constitution and thus override previous judicial decisions May impeach Supreme Court Justices for serious crimes 2

5 The President appoints justices (judges) to the Supreme Court –With congressional approval –They serve for life, so long as they are not impeached for serious crimes How can the Executive Branch (President) check and balance the power of the Judicial Branch (Supreme Court )? 3

6 May adjourn Congress in certain situations May veto bills that have been passed by Congress –Bills can still be passed with a 2/3 rd majority of both houses of congress How can the Executive Branch (President) check and balance the power of the Congress (Legislature)? 3

7 How can the Judicial Branch (Supreme Court) check and balance the power of the Congress (Legislature)? May declare laws of Congress Unconstitutional if they contradict the Constitution –This power is called Judicial Review 2

8 How can the Supreme Court (Judicial) check and balance the power of the President (Executive)? May declare Executive actions unconstitutional –If they contradict the Constitution 2

9 Checks and Balances Worksheet Legislative Branch Executive Branch Judicial Branch


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