2017 America's Legacy Book NEW

Powers Of The President:

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH makes laws Congress is made up of: • The Senate 100 elected senators • The House of Representatives 435 voting representatives

The three branches of government have checks and balances to distribute power or control equally.

JUDICIAL BRANCH evaluates laws Supreme Court: 9 justices


Head of government of the United States of America

Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces

Head of state – Represents the people and stands for the highest values and ideals of the country

Appoints the heads of more than 50 independent federal commissions

EXECUTIVE BRANCH carries out laws President, Vice President, and President’s Cabinet 15 executive departments

Holds the power either to sign legislation into law or to veto bills enacted by Congress

Execution and enforcement of the laws created by Congress

Unlimited power to extend pardons and clemencies for federal crimes, except in cases of impeachment

POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT Inherent powers : powers inferred from the Constitution Legislative powers : outlines the administration’s legislative agenda Appointment powers : selects many people to serve the government Treaty power : negotiates treaties with other nations

Think it Through 1. What do you think might happen if checks and balances within our government didn’t exist? 2. What would happen if the President was the only person in power? 3. How would you change the U.S. government’s structure of the three branches of government?

AMER I CA’ S LEGACY PRESENTED BY STUDENT GOVERNMENTAL AFFA I RS PROGRAM | 15 STUDENT GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM | SGAP.org | https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/executive-branch; https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet; http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm; http://www.house.gov/representa- tives; https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/barackobama; http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0777009.

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