13 Checks & Balances Each branch has its own powers Yet, no branch can become too powerfulHow does the Constitution balance the powers?
14 Checks & BalancesEach branch has powers to check, or limit, the powers of the other 2 branches
15 How does this work? Congress has power to make laws President has power to veto, or turn down, proposed lawsPresident can check power of Congress
16 Can Congress check the President’s power? Congress can override, or pass a law over President’s veto2/3 majority vote in both houses needed
17 Is the Supreme Court involved in law-making? Supreme Court can check the powers of Congress and the PresidentInterprets lawsDetermines if laws are constitutional
18 Do you want to know more? Check out these sites: Ben’s Guide to Government:Congress for Kids:
19 Review What are the three branches of government? What are the primary responsibilities of each?Why does the U.S. Constitution provide for a separation of powers?How does the system of checks and balances work?