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U.S. Gov. by Mind Map: U.S. Gov.

1. The Legislative Branch

1.1. The House Of Representatives

1.1.1. At least 25 years old, citizen of the U.S. for at least 7 years, resident of the state he or she is running for.

1.1.2. 435 members

1.1.3. Serve 2 year terms but are considered for re-election at the end of every 2 terms

1.2. The Senate

1.2.1. Age 30 or over, citizen of the U.S. for at least 9 years, and must be a resident of the state which he or she is running for.

1.2.2. 100 members

1.2.3. Serve six year terms, with 1/3 of them running for re-election every 2 years.

1.3. Powers of the Legislative Branch

1.3.1. Can override Presidential Veto

1.3.2. Can declare war

1.3.3. Ratifies treaties

1.3.4. Can impeach and remove the president and judges

1.3.5. Confirms executive appointments

1.3.6. Appropriate money

1.3.7. Creates lower federal courts

1.3.8. Can overrule judicial decisions

1.3.9. Can propose amendments

1.4. Article l establishes Legislative Branch

2. The Executive Branch

2.1. President

2.1.1. Must be a natural born citizen of the U.S., resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older. 4 year terms, with a term limit of 2, making a total of 8 years

2.1.2. Roles of the president Chief of State Chief Executive Chief Citizen Party Chief Chief administrator Chief Diplomat Commander in Chief Chief Legislator

2.2. Vice-President

2.2.1. Natural born citizen of the U.S., resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older Term length the same as the presidents

2.3. Article ll establishes executive

2.4. Powers of Executive Branch

2.4.1. Propose Laws

2.4.2. Grant pardons to federal offenders

2.4.3. Veto laws

2.4.4. Negotiated foreign treaties

2.4.5. Appoints federal judges

2.4.6. Can call special sessions of congress

2.4.7. Asks appointments to federal positions

2.5. 15 Executive Departments

2.5.1. Justice

2.5.2. Agriculture

2.5.3. Commerce

2.5.4. Veteran Affairs

2.5.5. Treasury

2.5.6. Defense

2.5.7. Education

2.5.8. Transportation

2.5.9. State

2.5.10. Energy

2.5.11. Health and Human Sciences

2.5.12. Labor

2.5.13. Interior

2.5.14. Homeland Security

2.5.15. Housing and Urban Development

3. The Judicial Branch

3.1. Article lll establishes the Judicial Branch

3.2. 9 Justices

3.3. Head Justice - Chief Justice

3.4. Serve a lifetime unless they have bad behavior while in office

3.5. Powers of the Judicial Branch

3.5.1. Can declare acts of congress unconstitutional

3.5.2. Declare executive actions and orders unconstitutional