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Vocabulary 3

TermDefinition
administration officials in the executive branch of government under, chief executive.
ambassador accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country
biennial occurring every two years
budget a plan for raising and spending money
bureaucracy an organization of government departments, agencies, and offices
Cabinet an important group of policy advisers to the president, made up of the executive department heads and a few other officials
checks and balances the system that gives each of the three branches of government ways to limit the powers of the other two
commission a group of people, or planning board, appointed to a certain job by local government
commute to change (a prison sentence or other penalty) to a less severe one
diplomacy art of interacting with foreign governments
Electoral College a body of people representing the states of the US, who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president.
electors members of the Electoral College who elect the president
embassy residence and office of an ambassador
executive agencies independent agencies responsible for dealing with specialized areas of government
executive departments departments that play a direct role in governing the country by using the power given by the President to make and enforce regulations
federalism a system in which the power to govern is shared by the national government and state governments
government the power or authority that rules a country
impeach to accuse a governmental official of wrongdoing
order of succession the order in which the office of president is to be filled
pardon a declaration of forgiveness and freedom from punishment
regulatory commission independent agency that protects the public by controlling certain types of businesses and industries
reprieve postpones the carrying out of a persons’ sentence
State of the Union a yearly address delivered each January by the president of the US to Congress, giving the administration's view of the state of the nation and plans for legislation.
separation of powers the separation of the three branches of government to prevent abuse of power
veto a constitutional right to reject a decision or proposal made by a law-making body.
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