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Checks and Balances
Transcript of Checks and Balances
in the 3 Branches of Government Executive Legislative Judicial The Legislative Branch, or Congress, makes the laws. Congress consists of a house of Representatives and a Senate The Executive Branch, headed by the president, carries out the laws. The Legislative Branch, or Congress, makes the laws. Congress consists of a House of Representatives and a Senate The Judicial Building, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts, interprets the laws as it decides cases. Legislative Branch Checking
on the Executive Branch
*Can override presidential veto.
*Must approve executive appointments.
*Must approve treaties negotiated by the executive.
*Can appropriate or withhold funds.
*Can impeach and remove the president Executive Branch Checking
on the Legislative Branch
*Can propose laws to Congress.
*Can veto laws passed by Congress.
*Can call special sessions of Congress.
*Makes appointments to federal posts.
*Negotiates foreign treaties Executive Branch Checking in the Judicial Branch
*Appoints federal judges to the Judicial Branch
*Can grant pardons to federal offenders sentenced by courts Judicial branch Checking on the Executive Branch
*Can declare executive actions unconstitutional. Legislative Branch Checking on the Judicial Branch
*Creates lower federal courts.
*Can impeach and remove judges.
*Can propose amendments to the Constitution.
*Must approve of federal judges. Judicial Branch Checking on the Legislative Branch
*Can declare acts of Congress unconstitutional. This video is an Example of Nancy Pelosi overriding George Bush's decision to veto the bill to ban waterboarding