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Democracy at Work by Fredrik Liljeblad

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Will have to sign the bill into law again. This is the wonderful system that the Founding Fathers created. No one of the three branches has the power to be a tyrant. All three must work together to create good laws for all Americans. CITIZENS AND THEIR GOVERNMENTS: Democracy at Work 29 Glossary amendments (uh-MEND-muhnts) changes to a constitution or other official document appropriations (uh-proh-pree-EY-shuhns) Congressional decisions on how money should be distributed bill (bil) name for a proposed law direct democracy (di-REKT di-MOK-ruh-see) one in which all citizens vote on ever y issue executive (ig-ZEK-yuh-tiv) branch of the federal government that is headed by the president hearings (HEER-ingz) meetings in Congress where members listen to the views of experts and citizens House of Representatives (hous uv rep-ri-ZEN-tuh-tivz) one of the two parts of Congress judicial (joo-DISH-uhl) branch of the federal government that is made up of the court system legislative (LEJ-is-ley-tiv) branch of the federal government that is made up of Congress override (oh-ver-RAHYD) vote in Congress to create a law after a president has turned it down representative democracy (rep-ri-ZEN-tuh-tiv di-MOK-ruh-see) one in which citizens elect others to represent them in the decision-making process Senate (SEN-it) one of the two parts of Congress separation of powers (sep-uh-REY-shuhn uv POU-erz) division of power among the three branches of the federal government tyrant (TAHY-ruhnt) ruler who governs, often unfairly, without any restrictions unconstitutional (uhn-kon-sti-TOO-shuh-nl) something that goes against the United States Constitution veto (VEE-toh) refuse approval 30 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY For More Information Books Editors of Time.

It contains private offices for each justice, a courtroom, and a library, among other areas. 28 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY If the Supreme Court declares a law to be unconstitutional, Congress may decide to rewrite the law to fix the problem. If this happens, Congress will go through all the steps again, and the president ife C & areer Skills Why would leadership and ethics be good qualities for a Supreme Court justice? will have to sign the bill into law again. This is the wonderful system that the Founding Fathers created.

The Citizens and Their Governments series introduces readers to the rights and responsibilities of citizens for the 21st century. Other titles in the series include: • • • • Beyond Government Electing Leaders Government at Work Law and Order • • • Local Action Rights and Values Voting To guide your reading, look for these notes that will help build the understanding and skills you’ll need in the 21st Century. Look for the following margin notes: Learning and Thinking Skills You need to learn about lots of things, but you also need to learn how to learn.

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