We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
-Section 1: The congress should be composed of a Senate and a House of Representatives, with powers divided between them.
A. Representatives in the House will be elected every two years and each representative should be qualified.
B. Representatives must be 25 years of age, have been a citizens for seven years, and live in the state they represent.
C. The number of representatives in the House of Representatives is based on the population of the states.
D. When someone leaves the HoR or passes away before their term ends, the executive authority provides a new candidate.
E. The people in the HoR choose the Speaker of the House and have the power to impeach.
A. There will be two senators selected from each state and will serve 6 years.
B. The senators don't get elected at the same time period.
C. In order to be a senator, you must be 30 years of age, 9 years a citizen, and live in the state you represent.
D. The Vice President is the President of the Senate but does not have a vote unless the house is equally divided.
E. Senators choose the other officers in the Senate and choose another President if the VP is absent.
F. Senators have the power to impeach.
G. If Senators impeach a person, the punishment is only as severe as removal from office.
A. The state choose the time, place, and manner of the election but Congress may at any time by law make or alter those regulations.
B. Congress must assemble at least once a year on the first Monday of December.
A. The Congress can meet when they choose even without 100% attendance.
B. Each house creates its own rules, punishes its members and can with a 2/3 majority impeach.
C. Each house must record their meetings and publish them.
D. Neither house can adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the other.
A. Senators and Representatives get paid.
B. Senators and Representatives can not hold another government position while in the house.
A. All money bills originate in the HoR but the Senate can make amendments.
B. Every bill passed in Congress must be presented to the President before it becomes a law.
C. The President has the power to veto.
Congress can collect taxes, pay debts, provide for defense and general welfare, borrow money on credit for the US, regulate commerce with foreign nations, establish laws on bankruptcy, print money, establish post offices, punish pirates, declare war, support armies, provide a navy, support militia, and make laws.
A. Immigrants are allowed in the US but they can be taxed by Congress.
B. If you are accused of a crime, the defendant must come to court.
C. A law cannot change the legal consequences of actions that were committed before the enactment of the law.
D. Taxes must be in proportion to the census.
E. Taxes cannot affect state articles.
F. All states' federal taxes should be equal.
G. No money should be taken from the Treasury unless a law specifically demands it and a regular account of expenditures of public money should be published.
H. There are no titles of nobility in the US.
A. No state can enter any treaty, print money, pass any ex post facto law (see Article I, Section 9, C), or grant any title of nobility.
B. No state can change any laws or jobs relating to imports and exports.
C. No state can keep troops in times of peace, enter into an agreement with another state or foreign power, or engage in war unless actually invaded.
A. The President will be the head of the executive branch for a term of 4 years.
B. Each will appoint a number of electors equal to the whole number of senators and representatives that the state has in Congress.
C. The electors must meet and vote for two people, one of which must NOT be from their home state. The president is the person with the most electoral votes.
D. Congress chooses the time and day of voting.
E. The president must be a natural born citizen, 35, and 14 years a resident in the US.
F. If the president is removed from office, the same criteria apply to the VP.
G. The president will be payed.
H. Before the president enters office, he/she must take this oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the Unites States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
A. The President will be Commander of Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.
B. The President will have the power to make treaties and appoint ambassadors.
C. The President will have to power to fill any holes in the Senate that may happen during recess.
The President will give the Congress information on the State of the Union, and recommend things that he/she believes necessary.
The President, VP, and all other civil officers of the US will be impeached and removed from office for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
The judicial power of the US will be rested in the Supreme Court and the Justices will receive compensation for their services.
A. The judicial power will extend to all cases, citizens, and subjects.
B. In cases affecting ambassadors, the Supreme will have original jurisdiction.
C. The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, will be by Jury.
A. Treason in the US accounts for warring against them, or aiding their enemies. No person can be convicted of treason unless two witness testify to the same act or a confession is provided in court.
B. Congress has the power to declare punishment for treason.