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US Constitution

Principles of the Constitution, separation of powers, checks and balances

Expressed/Enumerated/Delegated Powers powers that are specifically stated (listed) in the Constitution
Concurrent Powers powers shared between the national (federal) and state government
Reserved Powers powers not given to the national government
Implied Powers powers not directly stated in the Constitution
Legislative Branch Makes the laws of the nation
Executive Branch Enforces the laws of the land
Judicial Branch Interprets the laws
separation of powers The powers of the national government are separated among three branches of the government
checks and balances Each of the three branches of the national government limits the exercise of power by the other two branches.
Federalism power is divided between the states and the national government
Preamble sets forth the goals and purposes to be served by the government.
Article I of the Constitution Legislative Branch
Article II of the Constitution Executive Branch
Article III of the Constitution Judicial Branch
Constitution the document that establishes the structure of the U.S. government
Number of Amendments to the Constituion 27
Amendment Process 2/3 proposed by both houses of Congress 2/3 of state legislatures call for it at a national convention 3/4 of states ratify
Congress checks the president when legislators override presidential vetoes – impeach and convict a president.
Congress checks the courts when legislators confirm or refuse to confirm federal judges/justices – impeach and convict judges/justices.
The president checks Congress when the president -- proposes legislation – prepares an annual budget for Congress to approve – call special sessions of Congress – vetoes legislation Congress has passed.
The president checks the courts when the president appoints judges/justices
The courts check Congress when judges/justices declare acts of Congress to be unconstitutional.
The courts check the president when judges/justices declare executive actions to be unconstitutional.
Coining and printing money is an ________________ power. Expressed
Conducting Elections is a __________________ power. Reserved
Establishing marriage laws is a ________________ power. Reserved
Maintaining Law and Order is a _______________ power. Concurrent
Collecting Taxes is a ___________________ power. Concurrent
Admitting New States is an ________________ power. Expressed
Determining Voter Qualifications is a ___________________ power Reserved
Establishing Courts is a _________________ power. Concurrent
Establishing Post Offices is a ________________ power. Expressed
popular sovereigntry power of the government comes from the people
majority rule system in which decisions made by the most people are accepted by all
Denied Powers Powers that the national government and state government are prohibited from having
Amendment written change to the Constitution
Which level of government is responsible for conducting foreign policy and regulating trade national government
Who has the power to override a Presidential veto Congress
Created by: Lisa_Hudson
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