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WGU Three Branches o

Checks and Balances in U.S. Federal Government

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Legislative Powers (the 2 houses in Congress have these powers) Power to make laws and propose constitutional Amendments (based on enumerarted and implied powers of Article 1, sec.8) Main Power of Legislative Branch
Legislative Powers (the 2 houses in Congress have these powers) House of Representatives must vote to declare war and can only propose bills for taxes/revenue Main Power of Legislative Branch
Legislative Powers (the 2 houses in Congress have these powers) If the Electoral College cannot reach majority vote, then House of Representatives' vote will elect president Main Power of Legislative Branch
Exectutive Powers check on Legislative Branch Senate Conforms all presidential appointments, including Cabinet Officers, Supreme Court Nominees, Ambassadors, Federal Judges; and confirm or reject foreign treaties
Exectutive Powers check on Legislative Branch Both Houses together can override President's veto with 2/3rd majority vote in both Houses
Judicial Powers check on Legislative Branch Create of eliminate federal courts
Judicial Powers check on Legislative Branch can impeach goverment officials: House of Reps investigates and indicts; the Senate holds trial, votes on guilt/innocence
Legislative Powers check on the Executive Branch (President has these powers) power to sign Legislation into Law
Legislative Powers check on the Executive Branch (President has these powers) Veto Legislation (reject it)
Legislative Powers check on the Executive Branch (President has these powers) Can Recommend Legislation
Legislative Powers check on the Executive Branch (President has these powers) Ask the House of Reps to declare war
Legislative Powers check on the Executive Branch (President has these powers) Write Executive Orders, Foreign 'Argreements' and foreign treaties
Legislative Powers check on the Executive Branch (President has these powers) Call Congress into session or adjourn them
Legislative Powers check on the Executive Branch (President has these powers) Can appoint vacancies in Senate
Executive Main Powers enforces, administers, and executes all Federal Govermnent laws
Executive Main Powers Is Commander in Chief over the military
Executive Main Powers manages all Federal Government bureaucracies
Executive Main Powers develops and oversees federal budget
Executive Main Powers appoints highest level of Cabinet Officers, Ambassadors, and political appointees in Federal Government
Executive Main Powers President and Bureaucracies have Regulatory Power
Judicial Powers on the Executive Branch Grants pardons
Judicial Powers on the Executive Branch Nominates all Fedeal Judges, including Supreme Court nominees
Legislative Powers on the Judicial Branch According to the power of Judicial Review, the Court can review all Legislative acts and declare them unconstitutional
Executive Powers on the Judicial Branch according to Judicial Review, can review all Executive acts and declare them unconstitutional
Executive Powers on the Judicial Branch can issue injunctions (court orders)
Judicial Main Powers interprete or adjudicate Federal and State Laws in lawsuits by using its 'Original' and 'Appellate' jurisdiction in Article III, Section 2
Created by: amora2