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Executive Branch

Unit 4 Content and Vocabulary

Roles of the President Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Chief Legislator, Party Leader, Chief of State and Chief Diplomat
Commander in Chief Leader of the Armed Forces (military)
Length of Term 4 years
Requirements to be president 35 years old, Natural Born Citizen, and must have lived in (resided in) the United States for 14 years
Term Limit 2 terms
Article II of the Constitution Created the Executive Branch
Checks and Balances a system in which each branch of government can limit the power of the other two branches
Executive Branch enforces, or carries out, the laws
Presidential Succession list of people who become president if the president is unable to fulfill his duties as president or if the presidency is vacated
Checks on the Legislature (Congress) Proposes legislation; prepares an annual budget for Congress to approve, calls special sessions of Congress; can veto legislation passed by Congress
Checks on the Judicial Branch Nominates federal judges and Supreme Court Justices
Powers of the the Executive Branch Headed by the President; executes laws of the land, prepares an annual budget for congressional action, appoints cabinet officers, ambassadors, federal judges, administers the federal bureaucracy
Legislative Checks on the Executive Branch Can override a presidential veto, can impeach and remove a president from office; Senate must confirm many presidential appointments and treaties
Judicial Checks on the Executive Branch the courts can declare an executive action or order unconstitutional
Separation of Powers separating the powers of government into three separate branches; each branch has a different job or responsibility
Executive Influences on Policy proposes legislation in annual State of the Union Address; appealing to the people, approving or vetoing legislation, appoints officials to carry out the laws
State of the Union Address annual speech given by the president to outline policy goals for the nation
Executive Departments help the president carry out the laws; has grown since the executive branch was created
Articles of Confederation the United States' first plan of government (first constitution)
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