Executive Branch Unit 4 Vocabulary

Print this FlashCard
Term Definition
Administration A team of executive branch officials appointed by each president
Ambassador Official representatives to foreign governments
Biennial Biennial session is a legislative session held every two years
Budget A plan for raising and spending money
Bureaucracy An organization of government departments, agencies, and offices
Cabinet An important group of policy advisers to the president, made up of the executive department heads and a few other officials
Checks and Balances The system that gives each of the three branches of government ways to limit the other two
Commission A group of people, or planning board, appointed to a certain job by local government
Commute To change a prison sentence or other penalty to a less severe one
Diplomacy The relations and communications carried out between countries
Electoral College An indirect system for electing US president during electoral college votes
Electors People who promise to cast votes for the candidate selected voters
Embassy A body of persons entrusted with a mission to a sovereign or government, especially an ambassador and his or her staff
Executive Agencies An agency of the executive branch of government
Executive Departments A federal department in the executive branch of the government of the US
Federalism The division of powers between states and the federal, or national government
Government The system or form by which a community or political unit is governed
Impeach When a majority of the members of the House of Representatives accuse the president or other high government officials, such as a federal judge of serious wrongdoing
Order of Succesion The United States presidential line of succession is the order in which persons may become or act as President of the United States if the incumbent President becomes incapacitated, dies, resigns, or is removed from office
Pardon A pardon is a government decision to allow a person who has been convicted of a crime, to be free and absolved of that conviction
Regulatory Commission Meant to be fairly free from political influences
Reprieve The suspension of the execution of the death penalty for a period of time
State of the Union An annual message delivered to Congress by the president of the United States, in which he describes the condition of the country, outlines the nation's most serious problems, and proposes his annual program of legislation.
Separation of Powers Dividing government power among legislative, executive, and judicial branches
Veto If the president pockets or keeps the bill for ten days during which congress ends its session, the bill will not become law

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *