Three Branches of Government

Executive

The Executive Branch

The executive branch is composed of the president, vice president, and the president's cabinet. In the executive branch they carry out they laws written and passed by the congress which you just learned about.the head of the executive branch is the president or chief executive. Working for the president are the people and organizations that help carry out the laws.

Responsibilities of The President and Vice President

The people who wrote the constitution did not want a leader with too much power,so they limited it. For example, the president has the power to sign or veto the bills passed by Congress. But the Congress can overrule the president's veto by a two-thirds vote of both houses. The president also has responsibilities as well. His foreign policy responsibilities are; making treaties with other countries (with Senate approval of course), receiving foreign heads of state,and commanding U.S. armed forces and/or any state militias under federal control. Overall responsibilities are; making sure U.S. laws are enforced, appointing public officers (like Supreme Court judges), declaring criminal pardons, proposing bills to Congress, and presenting a State of Union. On the other hand the Vice President 's responsibilities are; being ready at a moments notice to assume presidency (if something should happen to the president), serve as president of senate, assist the president,and sometimes preside for president at meetings. Wow. The president and the Vice President both have a LOT of responsibilities! I'm glad I don't have a job like that!

Here is a picture about the Vice President's responsibilities

Salaries & Term lengths

As you very well (should) know the president serves a four year term and can be re-elected once. Vice President also serves a four year but he, cannot be re-elected. Though he can't be re-elected, the Vice President often runs for president (and wins.) But the actual question is how much do the president and the Vice President make in this time? Well, I can tell you, the president makes $400,000 + $50,000 in non-taxable expense allowance each year while the Vice President makes $230,700 + 10,000 in taxable expense allowance each year. Wow! They're expensive. Well anyway that was those were the term lengths and salaries of the president and Vice President.

Qualifications for Presidency

Anyone who runs for president must be a natural born citizen of the U.S., 35 years old, and

they have to have been a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years. Huh. There's not a lot of qualifications to be a president.

Presidential Line of Succession

As you know if something should happen to the president the next in line is the Vice President, but do know who's after that? Well, I'll tell you.


  1. Vice President
  2. Speaker of the House
  3. President pro tempore of the Senate
  4. Secretary of State
  5. Secretary of Treasury
  6. Secretary of Defense
  7. Attorney General
  8. Secretary of the Interior
  9. Secretary of Agriculture
  10. Secretary of Commerce
  11. Secretary of Labor
  12. Secretary of Health and Human Services
  13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  14. Secretary of Transportation
  15. Secretary of Energy
  16. Secretary of Education
  17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  18. Secretary of Homeland Security

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