The United States government is divided into three branches with separate roles and responsibilities.
Branches of the United States Federal Government Legislative Branch Made up of: House of Representatives and the Senate This branch creates laws. Executive Branch Made up of the President, Vice President and the Cabinet (Advisors) This branch sees that laws are carried out and oversees the military. Judicial Branch Made up of the Supreme Court and Lower Courts (District and Appellate) This branch interprets the laws of the country.
State and Local governments often play a more direct role in our lives than does the Federal government.
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS Create and enforce ordinances and policies while still following the laws of the state and national governments. STATE GOVERNMENTS Creates and enforce laws for the state while also following all laws set forth by the U.S. Constitution U.S. CONSTITUTION The supreme law of the land which everyone has to follow. However, the Constitution does allow certain policies to be left up to individual states.
State Constitutions (The U.S. Constitution is still the “supreme law of the land!”)
State Constitutions are similar to the U.S. Constitution: