Three Branches: Laws in Action

It Starts With an Idea

Let’s say YOU are an IDEA.  But you are not just any old idea. You are an idea for a new law. You’re going to be making your way through the process of actually becoming a law that everyone has to follow! So who needs to act to make you transform from a great little idea into a big strong law? The President? A member of Congress? The U.S. Supreme Court?  

The answer is that none of these people have the power to make you into a law all by themselves. The U.S. government was created in a way that divides the power to make decisions. Why, you ask? So no one person in the government could become all-powerful.

Response Question: 

Why is this system known as “checks” and “balances”?

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