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U.S Government

U.S Government Vocab

TermDefinition
Articles of Confederation the first, weak plan of our national government
Republic a form of government in which people elect representatives to run the government
Great Compromise the delegates' agreement to have a 2-House Congress
House of Representatives one of the Houses of Congress. Number of Representatives is based on population
Senate one of the Houses of Congress. There are 2 Senators from each state
Speaker presides as the leader of the House of Representatives
Legislative Branch main task is to make laws
Judicial Branch interprets laws, settles trouble between states, and decides federal law cases
Executive Branch carries out federal laws, directs national defense and foreign policy, and performs ceremonial duties
Supreme Court head of the Judicial Branch
Amendments changes in the Constitution
Preamble the introduction to our Constitution
Separation of powers the division of powers among the three branches of the national government
Veto when the President rejects a bill
Impeach to accuse a government official of a crime
Justices judges on the Supreme Court
Bill of Rights the first 10 amendments to our Constitution
Democracy a form of government in which people rule and are free to make choices about their lives and their government
Checks and Balances a system that keeps each branch of government from becoming too powerful
Congress the lawmaking branch. Its powers include: raising an army and navy, declaring war, coining and printing money
Cabinet a group of the President's most important advisors
President head of the Executive Branch
Constitution the law of our country; it consists of the Preamble, three branches, and amendments
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