U.S. Government

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U.S. Government by Mind Map: U.S. Government

1. Legislative Branch

1.1. Two chambers of congress

1.1.1. House of Representatives (435)

1.1.1.1. 25 years old, citizen for 7 years, and live in the state they represent.

1.1.1.2. 2 year term

1.1.2. Senate (100)

1.1.2.1. 30 years old, citizen for 9 years, live in state they represent

1.1.2.2. 6 year term

1.2. Taxing and Spending Powers, Power to Borrow, Power to Coin Money, Commerce Power, Foreign Policy Powers, Nationalization Powers, Pass laws that govern federal property, grant copyrights and patents, and establish post office and federal courts.

1.3. Implied/Elastic Clause: gives the power to do what is necessary even if not stated in the Constitution

1.3.1. Health care,

1.3.2. Health care, restricting the sale and ownership of firearms

1.4. Expressed/Enumerated Powers: powers listed in the constitution

1.4.1. Levy taxes, borrow money, coin money, declare war, raise and support armed forces, and organize the militia

1.5. Article 1

2. Judicial Branch

2.1. No requirements to be a Supreme Court Justice

2.1.1. Members are nominated by the president and approved by the senate

2.1.2. There are 9 justices

2.1.3. They serve until they die or are removed from office

2.1.4. Supreme Court has the power of judicial review

2.2. Chief Justice

2.3. Article 3

3. Executive Branch

3.1. President and Vice President-natural born US citizen, 35 years old, resident of the US for 14 years

3.2. 4 year term and 2 term limit

3.3. Grant pardons, make treaties, appoint key officials, serve as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, veto and pass laws

3.4. Chief of state, chief or executive, chief administrator, chief diplomat, commander in chief, chief legislator, chief of party, chief citizen

3.5. 15 executive departments: Department of state, US department of agriculture, US department of energy, US department of treasury, US department of defense, Us department of the interior, US department of commerce, US department of justice, US department of homeland security, US department of veterans affairs, US department of transportation, department of education, US department of housing and urban development, department of labor, department of health and human services.

3.6. Article 2

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