Unit 1: Structure and Power of the U.S. Government Select a branch (or the Constitution) to find out more.
The Constitution All rights and powers given the three branches of government are delineated In first articles of The Constitution. click here to read the articles.
The Legislative branch consists of two houses Legislature Senate (right click logo here to visit website) Click the bunny to find out their power House of Representatives (right click seal to visit website)
Legislative Power: Congress has the power to make laws. Click here to find out what checks and balances the U.S. Congress performs
Executive Power: The President has the power to enforce laws. Click here to find out what checks and balances the U.S. President performs Executive Power:
The Executive office is that of… The President (right click to visit White House) And his/her cabinet (right click Secretary of State Colin Powell to visit the cabinet) Executive Branch Click the bunny to find out his/her power
Judicial Branch The Judicial Branch consists of… The nine justices of the Supreme Court (right click the seal to visit the Supreme Court) And all lower Federal Courts (right click the gavel to visit all the courts) Click the bunny to find out the supreme court’s power
The Supreme Court has the power to interpret laws Click here to find out what checks and balances the Supreme Court performs Judiciary Power:
Checks and Balances can override a presidential veto can impeach and remove the president ratifies presidential appointments authorizes/appropriates funds for legislation; The Legislative Branch (House and Senate) Checks on the president: Checks on the judiciary: can impeach and remove judges confirms federal judges.
Checks and Balances proposes legislation vetoes legislation makes treaties The Executive Branch (President) Checks on Congress: Checks on the judiciary: appoints federal judges enforces court decisions.
Checks and Balances reviews congressional laws. The Judicial Branch (Supreme Court and lower courts) Checks on the president: reviews executive acts Checks on Congress: