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  1. 1. Three Branches of Government and the System of Checks and Balances By: Elizabeth Archer ED 205 on-line section Main
  2. 2. Main Slide <ul><li>About the Author </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Three branches of government </li></ul><ul><li>Judicial Branch </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative Branch </li></ul><ul><li>House of Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>House of Representatives (pictures) </li></ul><ul><li>Senate </li></ul><ul><li>Senate (pictures) </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Branch </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Branch (pictures) </li></ul><ul><li>System of Checks & Balances </li></ul><ul><li>Federalism </li></ul><ul><li>Checks and Balances </li></ul><ul><li>Checks and Balances (pictures) </li></ul><ul><li>Checks and Balances (overview) </li></ul><ul><li>Video Clip </li></ul><ul><li>Concept Map </li></ul>Exit
  3. 3. Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Main Exit
  4. 4. <ul><li>My Name is Elizabeth Archer, I am currently a sophomore at Grand Valley. My major is social studies and one day I wish to be a high school teacher and then possibly a college or university professor. I am very family oriented, I have one brother who is sophomore in high school and we hang out a lot when I am, which isn’t very often. I also have four cats named Emma, Oliver, Peanut, and Tiger. </li></ul>About the Author Main Exit Exit
  5. 5. The Three Branches of Government Judicial Branch Legislative Branch Executive Branch Main Exit
  6. 6. Judicial Branch <ul><li>Consists of the Courts: Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and the District Courts </li></ul><ul><li>Supreme Court is the highest court in the land </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The number of justices is determined by congress and since 1869 there have been one chief justice and 8 associate justices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Judges are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Their job is to interpret the laws </li></ul><ul><li>The justices are appointed by the President and confirmed in by the Senate </li></ul><ul><li>The judges that are appointed serve life terms, or until they voluntarily resign or retire </li></ul>Main Exit
  7. 7. Legislative Branch <ul><li>The Congress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House of Representatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Congress approves presidential nominations and controls the budget </li></ul><ul><li>Congress’s job is to make the laws for the country </li></ul>Main Exit
  8. 8. House of Representatives <ul><li>The house has 435 seats which are filled with representatives of each state, the number of reps. A state is allowed to have depends on the population of that state </li></ul><ul><li>The representatives are elected for 2 year terms and must be at least 25 years of age </li></ul>Main Exit
  9. 9. House of Representatives Chamber of the House Main Exit
  10. 10. Senate <ul><li>The Senate confirms the presidential judge nominations </li></ul><ul><li>There are 100 seats in the Senate, 2 for each state regardless of population </li></ul><ul><li>They are elected for 6 year terms and must be at least 30 years of age </li></ul><ul><li>Every two years 1/3 of the Senate is up for re-election </li></ul>Main Exit Exit
  11. 11. Senate Chamber of the Senate Main Exit
  12. 12. Executive Branch <ul><li>Consists of the President of the United States, currently George W. Bush is the 43 rd President, the cabinet, and other independent agencies </li></ul><ul><li>The job of this branch is to enforce and carry out the laws </li></ul><ul><li>The president is the commander in chief of the armed forces </li></ul><ul><li>The president must be a natural born citizen of the United States, at least 35 years of age, a resident in the United States for at least 14 years and is elected for a four year term and can only serve two terms </li></ul>Main Exit
  13. 13. Executive Branch White House George W. Bush : 43 rd United States President Main Exit
  14. 14. <ul><li>This system was put in place by the founding fathers, they wanted to avoid tyranny so they set up two systems, one was federalism and the other was the policy of checks and balances </li></ul>System of Checks and Balances Main Exit
  15. 15. Federalism <ul><li>Federalism was put in place by the founding fathers and was set up to balance the power of the national government and state governments so that the national government couldn’t get too powerful </li></ul>Main Exit
  16. 16. Checks and Balances <ul><li>The whole concept of this idea is separation of powers, it was based off the philosophy of Baron de Montesquieu </li></ul><ul><li>This system divided the government into three branches and have them all different powers in order to prevent on branch from gaining too much power </li></ul><ul><li>Each of the three branches have powers over the other two branches and can check on them to make sure they are doing their job properly </li></ul>Main Exit
  17. 17. Check and Balances Main Exit
  18. 18. Checks and Balances <ul><li>Legislative Branch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has the power to override a presidential veto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has the power to impeach the president and appoint/remove federal judges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Executive Branch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power to veto bills passed by Congress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appoints Federal Judges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Judicial Branch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can declare the presidents actions to be unconstitutional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can declare laws passed by the congress to be unconstitutional </li></ul></ul>Main Exit
  19. 19. <ul><li>Now here is a short video clip to help you understand a little more about what the Legislative Branch does and the checks the President has on them… </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Main Exit
  20. 20. Concept Map Main Exit