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The structure and responsibilities of the federal government of the United States is defined by the Constitution.

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The structure and responsibilities of the federal government were defined by the constitution. The federal government's role has be expanded this the Constitution was first written. This expanded role is defined in the Amendments to the Constitution.

The federal government consists of 3 branches:

  • Executive Branch
  • Legislative Branch
  • Judicial Branch

The Executive Branch consists of the President, Vice President, executive departments and independent agencies. It is responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States.

The Legislative Branch, or Congress, consists or the Senate and House of Representatives. The Legislative Branch is responsible for making the laws which govern the country.

The Judicial Branch consists of the federal courts such as the Supreme Court, Court of Claims, Court of Customs, Circuit Courts of Appeals and District Courts. They are responsible for interpreting the laws and ensuring that the rights or the people are protected.

 

 

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