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The three branches are of the federal government are executive (the President and the White House), legislative (the House of Representatives and the Senate) and judicial (the Supreme Court.) Today we visit all of them, but our first stop is a part of the government that wasn’t created by our founding fathers and only exists online.
In the words of President Bush “FirstGov is the front door to my administration’s e-government initiative.” Whether you need a form or an answer, First Gov is an A to Z umbrella portal for the federal government. Of particular interest is First Gov for Kids, which you will find listed under “Especially for.” Best click for classroom activities is the Web Treasure Hunt available as a web page or a printable download.
The official U.S. Supreme Court site has oodles of educational material (downloadable in Adobe Acrobat PDF) in the About the Supreme Court section. Skip the Brief Overview (which only lists hours and other administrative details) and jump into The Court as an Institution, The Court and Its Traditions, The Court and Its Procedures and The Court Building. Biographies of the current justices, and a listing of all past justices, are also found here. A fabulous photo gallery and info for D.C. visitors wanting to hear oral arguments await you in Visiting the Court.
United States House of Representatives
There are many reasons to stop by the virtual House of Representatives. You can look up your congressman by zip code. Visit your congressmen’s website. Or learn about the legislative process by clicking on Educational Links (in the left-hand blue menu) and look for Tying It All Together. This single-page summary of the legislative process describes the four ways a proposal can be introduced to Congress: a bill, a joint resolution, a concurrent resolution, or a simple resolution.
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