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The legislative branch proposes laws, and confirms or rejects presidential nominationsfor federal agencies, federal judges, the Supreme Court and has the authority to declare war. This branch includes Congress ( the Senate and the House of Representatives), and special agencies and offices that provide support services to Congress. American citizens have the right to vote for senators and representatives through elections.The Constitution of the United States divides the federal government into three branches to make sure no individual, or group,will have too much power. These branches include legislative, executive and judicial. Each branch of government can change acts of the other branches. For example, the president can veto legislation created by Congress. Congress confirms or rejects the president's nominees and can remove the president from office. The justices of the Supreme Court can overturn unconstitutional laws and are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. This ability of each branch to respond to the actions of the other branches is called the system of "checks and balances".