Branches of Government Paper

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Branches of Government Paper

University of Phoenix

July, 26 2010

Branches of Government

Former President Thomas Jefferson once said, “Government are instituted among Men, deriving their just Power from the Consent of the Governed.” Since the second continental congress declared America’s independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776 the United States government has sought to realize the fundamental principle on which our nation was founded. This was the start of the government we now know and still honor today. As our school children say every morning in class, as our founding fathers wished for us, that all people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This paper will answer a handful
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The most important branch of the Unites States is the executive branch, which makes sure that the laws of the U.S. are obeyed. The system that was put into place to perform these tasks was called "checks and balances". Each branch was intertwined with the other two.
The legislative branch makes the law for the nation. This branch is made of two chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate; this is specified in Article I of the Constitution. The House of Representatives is composed of 435 representatives. The representatives meet together and determine which bills will became laws. Some states could have two and other may have up to 40. The Senate is composed of 100 senators, two for each state, and their term is for six years. The head of the Senate is the Vice President, and he will only vote if there is a tie. The president of the United States, the Chief of State, is the administrator of the executive branch. The Constitution grants this power in Article II, Section 1, Clause 1, which states: "The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America." The Constitution also outlines qualifications to hold the office. These include: the person must be a natural-born citizen, lived in the United States for fourteen, have 35 years of age. Also included in Article II are specifications for term and pay. How are the three branches of U.S. Government supposed to interact? The

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