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Can check the president in these ways: a. By refusing to pass a bill the president wants b. By passing a law over the president’s veto c. By using impeachment powers to remove the president from office d. By refusing to approve a presidential appointment (Senate only) e. By refusing to ratify a treaty the president has signed (Senate only) 2. Can check the federal courts in these ways: a. By changing the number and the jurisdiction of the lower courts b. By using impeachment powers to remove a judge from office c.

The structure of the national legislature was set as follows: • A House of Representatives consisting initially of sixty-five members apportioned among the states roughly on the basis of population and elected by the people. • A Senate consisting of two senators from each state to be chosen by the state legislatures. The Great Compromise reconciled the interests of small and large states by allowing the former to predominate in the Senate and the latter in the House. This reconciliation was necessary to ensure support for a strong national government in small and large states alike, but it represented major concessions on both sides.

Two-thirds of both houses of Congress vote to propose an amendment, or 2. Two-thirds of the state legislatures ask Congress to call a national convention to propose amendments To Ratify an Amendment 1. Three-fourths of the state legislatures approve it, or 2. Ratifying conventions in three-fourths of the states approve it • The second method of ratification has been used only once, to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment (repealing Prohibition). • Congress may limit the time within which a proposed amendment must be ratified.

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