The Constitution established America's government and fundamental laws, and is the supreme law of the United States. The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution to ensure a separation of powers, or three distinct branches of government.
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The Legislative Branch, established by Article I of the Constitution, consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject many Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers.
Types of Legislative Documents (most definitions taken from the Congress.gov glossary):
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The Executive Branch consists of the President of the United States, the Vice President, the Cabinet, and independent federal agencies. The Cabinet and independent federal agencies are responsible for the day-to-day enforcement and administration of federal laws.
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The judicial branch decides the constitutionality of federal laws and resolves other disputes about federal laws. The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the land. At the middle rung of the Federal court system there are the court of appeals, and at the lowest level there are Federal district courts, which handle the majority cases of Federal law.