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preamble def

U.S. Constitution Written in 1787, this is the name given to the current document that governs our country. It currently contains, a Preamble, 7 Articles, and 27 amendments.
Preamble The introduction to the U.S. Constitution that lists 6 goals of the document.
Domestic Tranquility This goal of the Preamble means to maintain “peace in our country.”
Secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity This final goal of the Preamble means to secure freedoms for ourselves and our future generations (posterity)
Separation of Powers The division of our government into 3 branches (Articles 1, 2, and 3 of the Constitution): Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
Legislative Branch Found in Article 1 of the Constitution, it is the branch of government, headed by Congress, that makes laws
Congress Our law making body that heads the legislative branch. It is bicameral: the US House of Representatives and the US Senate
US House of Representatives (HOR) A group of 435 members who make up one body of Congress. They serve two year terms and represent congressional districts in their state.
US Senate A group of 100 members who make up one body of Congress. They serve 6 year terms and there are two from each state
Enumerated/Expressed/Delegated Powers Powers given to Congress that are WRITTEN in the Constitution (Declare war, establish military, coin money, collect taxes, regulate trade, etc.)
. Implied Powers Powers given to Congress, by the Necessary and Proper Clause/Elastic Clause, that are NOT WRITTEN in the Constitution (draft soldier, establish federal reserve bank)
Necessary and Proper Clause (Elastic Clause) Clause in the Constitution that allows Congress to do anything “necessary” to carry out their enumerated powers. This clause gives Congress implied powers.
Denied Powers A section in the US Constitution that prevents Congress
Created by: rhernande