The 3 Branches of Government

By: Braxton Lewis & Emily Farmer

How It All Got Started

In 1787 the Founding Fathers gathered to make a government for America. They wanted to make a strong and fair government, and they thought they could do that by making the 3 branches executive, legislative, and judicial.

Executive Branch

The Executive Branch is in charge making sure our laws are obeyed. The head of the Executive Branch is the President, which is in charge of the military. Also the President gets help from the Vice President and department heads [also called Cabinet members].

Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch is the branch includes the congress, it's made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. It also writes and votes on the laws. Other powers that the Congress has is declaring war, confiming Pesidental appointments, and investigating powers.

Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch is made up of all the Supreme Court and all the other federal courts. Their job is to decide whether the laws are constitutional. There are 9 justices in the Supreme Court one of them is called the Chief Justice. This is the highest court in the land they meet in Washington D.C.

Checks & Balances

Checks & Balances were made to make sure the government never gets too strong in one branch. For example; the Congress can send out a bill. Next the President can veto that bill. Then if 2 thirds of the Congress votes they should un-veto that bill they will, which is a check. Here's another example; Congress can't make laws without the Presidents review, and the President needs Congress to make the laws he wants, this is a balance.

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