Question: What are the
main powers of each branch?
Answer: We will go more in depth later, but here are the
basics for now:
1. Legislative Branch
- Makes laws, approves Presidential appointments, overrides
vetoes, declares war, regulates interstate trade, and
impeaches federal officials including the President.
2. Executive Branch
- Commander-in-Chief of the military, signs and vetoes laws,
pardons people to forgive their federal crimes, makes
treaties, appoints government officials, recommends laws to
Congress, and delivers the State of the Union Address.
3. Judicial Branch
- Decides if legislation is in line with the US Constitution.
They can settle the disputes of
state vs. state.
The Supreme Court can strike down federal (national
government) laws, as well as high state court decisions.
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