Legislative Branch and the Law
The lawmaking body of the US Government
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Table of ContentsWhat is the Legislative Branch?How does the Legislative Branch check the power of the Executive Branch?How does the Legislative Branch check the power of the Judicial Branch?
What is the Legislative Branch?
This branch of government passes laws that guide the executive branch in the execution of the law.
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How does the Legislative Branch check the power of the Executive Branch?
Congress must approve the executive branch's budget and certain presidential appointments to high-level administrative positions.
The US House of Representatives retains the authority to impeach (bring charges against) the President for misconduct committed while in office.
Further, the US Senate has the authority to determine the merits of the impeachment and render judgment.
How does the Legislative Branch check the power of the Judicial Branch?
Congress checks the power of the judiciary by passing laws that supersede or replace the existing common law developed by the judiciary.
Lastly, Congress must approve the Presidents nomination of an individual for appointment to federal judicial positions, including the US Supreme Court.