Checks and Balances

By: Kole Botkin, D.J. Buttram, Brayden Bickford

Definition

Checks and balances are used for each branch to "check" the other branches for them to keep their power balanced. Each branch receives about the same amount of power.

Limits on the Gov't

Checks and balances restrict the power of each branch, so one doesn't become too powerful. For example, Congress has the power to create laws. The Supreme Court has the power to declare these laws unconstitutional. But, at the same time, the president appoints the Supreme Court members, and these appointments are approved by Congress. So, in this way, the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial branch all have power over each other.
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