NAME ____________________________ DATE __________ 7H – BEAUCHAMP PERIOD _________ TOPIC: CH 5 – THE US CONSTITUTION – ARTICLE 1 – THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH What is a census? Who is the leader of the House of Reps? How many Representatives does each state get? How many Reps in 2019? ARTICLE 1 – US CONSTITUTION What is the main responsibility of this branch of government? What does Bicameral mean? Who is the leader of the Senate? How many Senators does each state get? How many Senators in 2019? Only ______ of Senate is up for election at a time RESPONSIBILITES OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH As a member of the Congress, or the legislative branch, you have the power to: Introduce new laws; Override a presidential veto; Coin money; Borrow money on behalf of the United States; Appropriate money to the executive branch (the president); Declare war; Impeach* or remove the president from office. You can check the powers of the president by: Overriding a presidential veto on a bill; Impeaching or removing the president; and Approving presidential appointments to the Supreme Court, the Cabinet, and federal agencies (like the F.B.I.). You can check the powers of the Supreme Court by: Confirming judiciary appointments to the Court; Impeaching or removing justices; and Proposing new amendments to the Constitution. Scenario/Goal: After a trip abroad, the President is impressed with the unconditional allegiance that citizens in some other countries display toward their leaders. Inspired, he/she can hardly wait to disembark Air Force One and return to the White House. Once home, they head straight for the Oval Office. Inside, the President begins brainstorming a series of actions he/she can take to make U.S. citizens more devoted to their leadership. The President proposes a law to the Congress requiring a change to the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance. Instead of pledging allegiance to the United States of America, you propose, citizens should pledge allegiance to you. ("I pledge allegiance to the honorable president of the United States of America and promise my unconditional support for all decisions that our brave leader makes…”) Using your constitutional authority check the power of the President.