isn't just laws. It's people, too. Understand the United
States government and how it works.
a Bill Becomes a Law
Follow a bill, from its introduction to Congress to its
signing by the President. Find out about all the steps in
between, including the presidential veto and the
Congressional override. This article is good for people of
What is this strange term? Where did it come from? How often is it used? Does a filibuster happen every other week? You might think you know the answer to these questions. Click here to find out more.
The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. It has
nine members and decides whether laws are unconstitutional.
It handles appeals from federal courts or from state supreme
courts. Whatever the Supreme Court says is the law of the
The president is the head of the Executive Branch. Learn
more about the office and its history.
The Legislative Branch has two houses: the House of
Representatives and the Senate. Find out more about both of
The Presidential Veto
The President of the United States has extraordinary power over the shaping of federal laws: He or she can veto any law passed by Congress.
Guide to U.S. Government for
Join your virtual host, Ben Franklin, as he takes you on a
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