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United States Government

By: Greta Scholl

Contents

Checks and Balances...............................Pg. 3

Legislative Branch....................................Pg. 4

Executive Branch......................................Pg. 5

Judicial Branch.........................................Pg. 6


This is the system of checks and balances, it keeps any one branch od government from getting too powerful.

Legislative Branch

  • Role: State legislators debate, vote on bills and work in committees.
  • Getting Elected: No formal education is required, must be elected into the position, age and citizenship requirements vary by state.
  • Powers: This branch is in charge of making money, Taxing people, Spending money, authorizes defense spending, admitting new states into the union, and making new laws to be voted on.
  • Key Figures: for Wisconsin, the representative is Mike Gallagher.

Executive Branch

  • Role: can suggest or propose laws but cannot make them.
  • Getting Elected: The person has to be 35 years old, A natural-born U.S. citizen, Have at least 14 years of residence in the United States.
  • Powers: supreme power over the military, pass and veto bills.
  • Key Figures: Donald Trump.

Judicial Branch

  • Role: can declare laws unconstitutionally, can declare the presidential acts unconstitutional.
  • Getting Elected: 9 Justices in the supreme court, the justices serve for life, they have to be nominated by the executive branch.
  • Powers: criminal and civil courts, Helps interpret the constitution, judicial review.
  • Key Figures: John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch