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The United States Government

How the U.S. Government Functions

Keith Lansley

on 9 February 2016

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Transcript of The United States Government

The Judicial Branch
The United States of America
The Legislative Branch
The Executive Branch
How the Government Functions
Creates and Passes the Laws.
Carries out and Enforces the Law
Decides if the Laws are Fair
Supreme Court
Serve for Life
9 Members
Jursidiction over all other courts
Executive Departments
Carry out the laws at the direction of the President
Appoints a cabinet of advisors
Advisors are the heads of the executive departments
Proposes Law
Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces
Checks and Balances

Is the highest court in the country
House of Reps
# Determined by States Population
435 Total
2 year term
25 years old, 7 years a citizen
2 Per State
2 x 50=100 total
6 year term
30 years old, 9 years a citizen
Head Ambassador
The Electoral College
THe way the President and Vice President are elected to office
Ensures that all of the states are represented in the election of the President.
The population is counted every 10 years and the results are used to allocate Congressional seats (congressional apportionment), electoral votes, and government program funding
Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists
US Goverment for Dummies
Creates and Passes the Laws.
The Legislative Branch
Makes and Passes the Laws

Two House Legislature:
The Congress
The House of Reps The Senate
# Determined by Pop Two Per State
Determined by the Census

25 yrs old 30yrs old
7 yrs Citizen 9 yrs Citizen

Term of Office
2 year term 6 year term
The President:
Can serve two 4 year Terms
Elected through the Electoral College

Qualifications Powers
35 yrs old Appoints Cabinet of Advisors
Natural Born Citizen Make Treaties
14 year Resident
Must give the State of the Union Address to Congress
every year
Chief Executive,
Head Ambassador,
Commander in Chief of Military,
Symbol for the Country,
Represents the People of the US to the world,
The Judicial Branch
Decides if the Laws are fair, and settles disputes
Judicial Review:

Marbury v. Madison:
Power to decide if laws are unconstitutional (Illegal)

The Supreme Court
Appointed by Prez, approved by Senate
9 Members- Serve for Life


jurisdiction (Power)

above all other state and federal courts.

Branch is made up of all the lower federal courts and judges
Informs Congress on the State of the Union annually. Called the State of the Union Address, usually happens in late January every year.
The Executive Branch
Carries out and Enforces the Laws
Separation of Powers
1. Must be a Natural Born Citizen
2. Must be at least 35 yrs old
3. Must be a resident for minimum of 14 years
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