The Constitution

The Constitution
Article 1- Legislative Branch
 Creates a Legislative Branch
 House of Representatives Elected Every 2 years.
 Number of Representatives based on population size of state.
 Have to be 25 years old, citizen for 7 years, and live in the state in which
you are serving.
 Senate Elected every 6 years
 Every State gets 2 Senators
 Have to be 30 years old, a citizen for 9 years, must live in the state they
are serving.
 The Vice President is the President of the Senate.
 The Senate has the power to impeach the President.
Article 1 continued
 Congress must fully assemble at least once a year.
 Each house has the right to judge and punish own members.
 Can expel a member with 2/3 concurrence.
 All Bills concerning raising revenue must originate in the
Every Bill passed in the House and Senate will become a law
and passed on to the President to sign.
Power to lay and collect taxes.
Borrow money from other countries.
To Declare War
Article 2- The Executive Branch
 Established the President as the Executive Power.
 Terms are 4 years, President elected with the Vice President.
 Established the Electoral College to elect the President.
 Is the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy.
 Can make treaties with other countries, with 2/3 of congress
 Must give Congress a State of the Union address from time
to time.
 Can be removed from office through impeachment if
convicted of high crimes.
Article 3- Judicial Branch
 Judicial Power of the USA is in one Supreme Court and many
inferior courts.
 Judicial Power shall extend to all law and equity.
 All trials besides impeachment should be held with a jury, in
the place the crime was committed.
 Make sure court case rulings are constitutional.
Article 4- States
 Full Faith and Credit between States.
 You enjoy the same rights from state to state.
 Can not flee punishment from one state to another.
 New states can be formed with the approval of congress,
however not within an already existing state.
 Every state is ensured a Republican style of Government and
protection from invasion from other states.
Article 5- The Amendment Process
 When 2/3 of both houses deem it necessary the houses will
meet to vote on an amendment.
 An amendment will become ratified when it is approved by
3/4 of the states.
 Must ensure that the public is warned before an action is
made illegal.
 Can not effect any states equal representation in the Senate.
Article 6
 All debts made before the Constitution was ratified are still
 All treaties made under the Authority of the United States
will be Supreme Law.
 All members of the government will have to take an oath
 No religious test will be required.
Article 7- Ratification
 9/13 states must vote to ratify the Constitution