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Flashcards in U.S. Government Deck (15):
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A government with a king or queen who leads the country with the help of parliament.

monarchy

2

A document written on September 17, 1787 that maps out our government.

Constitution

3

The system that makes sure not one person has too much power in our government.

checks and balances

4

A government in which one person makes all the decisions and runs the country.

dictatorship

5

Our type of government in the United States where people vote for their leaders.

Democracy and Republic

6

The idea that the power of the government comes from the people, and people have a say by voting.

popular sovereignty

7

The people that helped establish our country and write the Declaration of Independence.

founding fathers

8

The leader of the executive branch.

president

9

Important people and powers of the Executive Branch

- President
-Enforces the laws
-Can sign or veto a bill

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Important people and powers of the Legislative Branch

- Congress (Senate and House or Representatives
- Writes the laws
- Can override a president's veto

11

Important people and powers of the Judicial Branch

- Supreme Court
- 9 Supreme Court Justices (judges)
- Decides if laws are Constitutional or Unconstitutional

12

Powers of the Local Government include ...

- takes care of city parks
- plans local festival such as Tulip Time
- fixes local roads in Holland
- public libraries in Holland

13

Powers of the State Government include ...

- Pays for schools and teachers
- Fixes state highways in Michigan
- Takes care of state parks

14

Powers of the National or Federal Government include ...

- Decides if we will go to war
- Runs the U.S. Postal Service
- Makes National Currency (money)

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Study how a bill becomes a law from your diagram!

1. Idea for a bill
2. Concerned citizen takes their idea to congress
3. Congressman (senator or representative) writes the bill
4. Senate votes (51%)
5. House votes (51%)
6. President signs bill - LAW!
or....
6. President vetoes bill, Congress votes and overrides veto (67%), LAW!