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The Constitution at Work- Checks and Balances

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Michael Seaton

on 21 October 2014

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Transcript of The Constitution at Work- Checks and Balances

Bill of Rights
The Legislative Branch
Legislative Branch is run by
Congress,
which is broken into two groups:
Senate
House of Representatives

The Legislative Branch
makes
laws.
The Judicial Branch
The Judicial Court is run by the Supreme Court. There are:
1 Chief Justice and
8 Associate Justices

The Judicial Court
judges
the laws
The Executive Branch
Executive Branch is run by:
President
Vice-President
Cabinet, advisors

The Executive Branch
executes
laws.
The Supreme Court can:
declare acts of Congress unconstitutional
declare executive actions as unconstitutional
Checks and Balances
The Constitution at Work- Checks and Balances
Congress can:
declare war
impeach/override the President
Check and Balances
The President can:
veto laws proposed by Congress
appoint federal judges
Amending the Constitution
Congress can vote to propose an amendment with a 2/3 vote in each house.
They can also a special convention at the request of 2/3 of the state legislatures
Amendments are ratified by 3/4 of the states approval
Out of the 9,000 amendments proposed, only 27 exist today.
The Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments
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