Checks and Balances
three branches of government, the delegates built a "check
and balance" system into the Constitution. This system was
built so that no one branch of our government could become too powerful.
is restrained by the other two in several ways. For example, the
president may veto a law passed by Congress. Congress can override
that veto with a vote of two-thirds of both houses. Another example
is that the Supreme Court may check Congress by declaring a law
unconstitutional. The power is balanced by the fact that members
of the Supreme Court are appointed by the president. Those appointments
have to be approved by Congress.
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