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Term 4: Core

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Legislative Branch Made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, this is the law making part of the government.
Legislate to make laws.
Executive Branch Made up of the President, the Vice President and the Executive Departments, this is the part of the government that “executes” (carries out) the laws.
Judicial Branch Made up of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts, this is the part of government interprets the laws (decides if they are constitutional or not).
Checks & Balances The system that allows each government branch to limit the powers of the other branches.
Cabinet (government) A group of people that advise the President and run the Executive Departments to carry out the laws.
Congress The law making body of the United States, it consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Bill A proposed law.
Veto To reject a proposed law. Only the president can veto bills
Amend To add or change a document.
Amendment An addition or change to the Constitution.
Federalism A type of government that divides power between the state and the national governments.
Created by: Mr.Nichols