Name: Checks and Balances A. Read the government action statement. Example: The president has the power to appoint a Supreme Court Justice. B. Decide which branch, or branches, of government can “check” this decision? (In other words, which branch can stop this from happening?) Example: The Legislative branch (Senate) must approve Supreme Court appointees. Use your “Chart of the Three Branches of Government” . 1. Government action A president is elected and sits in office. Which branch can “check” the position of the president? (Remove him from office) 2. Government action The president is the Commander-in-Chief of the military forces. Which branch can “check” the power of the president’s power as Commander-in-Chief? 3. Government action The president can sign treaties with foreign countries. Which branch can “check” the signing of treaties? (Who has to approve the treaties?) 4. Government action The president can appoint (choose) cabinet members like Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, Secretary of Education, etc. Which branch can “check” the president’s appointments can keep people from getting those jobs? 5. Government action The legislative branch can propose that a bill become a law. Which branch can “check” the legislature’s power and keep the bill from becoming a law? Which branch can “check” the above branches’ power and STILL make the bill a law? Which branch can “check” BOTH of the other two branches and declare the law unconstitutional?