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Constitution

U.S. History

TermDefinition
Appropriate To set aside funds
Checks and Balances One branch of gov't has power over another so the one doesn't become more powerful than the other.
Concurrent Powers Powers that both the national gov't and the states have such as taxation, enforcing laws, and providing for the general welfare
Congress Leads the legislative branch, and is made up of the House of Representatives and Senate; Article I
Electoral College Group that elects the president.
Enumerated/Delegated Powers Powers of the national gov't such as coining $, raising an army and navy, interstate commerce, and setting up the Federal court system.
Executive Branch Enforces the laws
Executive, Legislative, Judicial Three branches of the federal government
Federalism Power is divided between the national government and state governments
Impeach To bring public officials up on charges of wrongdoing.
Judicial Branch Interprets the laws
Judicial Review Power of the Supreme Court to declare laws or cases constitutional or unconstitutional
Legislative Branch Makes the law
Limited Government This means the Constitution says what the Federal Government can and cannot do
Popular Sovereignty People are the source of the government's power.
President Leads the executive branch; Article II
Qualifications for the House of Representatives 25 years old and 2 year terms
Qualifications for the Senate 30 years old and 6 year terms
Qualifications to be President 35 years old/born in the U.S./2 four year terms
Ratify Approve
Republicanism People elect their political representatives
Reserved Powers Powers of the state governments such as establishing school systems, conducting elections, and regulating state-wide court systems
Separation of Powers Each of the 3 branches of the federal government has its own responsibilities
Speaker of the House Leads the House of Representatives
Supreme Court Leads the judicial branch; Article III
Veto To reject
Veto Override Congress can reject the president's rejection of a law by a 2/3 majority
Vice President Leads the Senate
Virginia House of Burgesses Was an influence for a bicameral legislature for Congress
Created by: ltrudeau