Executive Branch

The executive branch of Government makes sure that the laws of the United States are obeyed. The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch of government. This branch is very large so the President gets help from the Vice President, department heads (Cabinet members), and heads of independent agencies.

  • President: Leader of the country and commands the military.
  • Vice President: President of the Senate and becomes President if the President can no longer do the job.
  • Departments: Department heads advise the President on issues and help carry out policies.
  • Independent Agencies: Help carry out policy or provide special services.

 

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