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How does the Constitution limit the powers of the government
Transcript of How does the Constitution limit the powers of the government
Montesquieu argues that "government should be setup so that no man need be afraid of another."
Our Founding Fathers fell in love with this idea, especially James Madison who believed it would provide for a stable foundation for the new government.
Follow the Steps
From Idea to Law
1. President sets the agenda for laws that are important
2. Congress writes bills that may become laws
3. president signs or vetoes the bills
4. Congress makes changes to the bills or overrides the veto
5.Supreme Court ensures the laws follow the Constitution
Congress has the power...
President has power to...
Sign bills into laws
Nominate Supreme Court Justices
Serve as Commander-in-Chief of the Military
Supreme Court has the power to ...
Interpret or make the meaning of laws
Declares laws unconstitutional
How does the Constitution limit the powers of the government?
Checks & Balances
a principle of the federal government, according to the U.S. Constitution, that allows each branch of government to limit the power of the other branches.
a form of government based on a written set of laws that all citizens agree to; in this form of government, the constitution is the highest law of the land.
the power of the US courts to examine the laws or actions of the legislative and executive branches of the government and to determine whether such actions are consistent with the US Constitution
a government that has been limited in power by a constitution, or written agreement
Marbury v. Madison
US Supreme Court case that established judicial review.
Separation of Powers
the structure of the federal government, according to the Constitution, that sets up three branches with their own distinct powers and responsibilities.
Overrides Presidential Vetoes
Borrows Money on behalf of the US Government
Impeaches/removes the President