Article VII states that there must be at least 9 states that are for the constitution to put it into effect.Article VI is about how all treaties made are the supreme law of the land. Judges must follow the constitution and any laws of the state that they are judges in. All elected officials are bound by an oath, to support the constitution. There is no religious test for anyone to hold public office.Article V is about making amendments to the constitution. There has to be a 2/3rds majority to change the constitution.
Article IV section 1 is about the states and how they must respect the laws of other states. Section 2 is about the citizens of the United States. Anyone convicted of treason can be arrested in any state. Section 3 talks about the states. They cannot join another state without the consent of the legislatures, the other states, and Congress. Section 4 protects each state from invasion of executive action.Article III establishes the supreme court.
They get to continue to hold office if they represent good behavior. Section 2 is more specifically about the power of the supreme court. Section 3 is about treason. If you are found helping the enemies in any way, it is considered treason.
You can’t be convicted of treason unless there are at least two witnesses’ or an open confession. Congress has the power to choose the punishment for someone that has committed treason. Article II section 1 is about the president. He has executive power; his term is for 4 years. The vice presidents term is also 4 years. It talks about the voting process for the president. They must meet in their states, Congress choose who shall take the presidents place if both the president and the vice president die, resign, or are unable to do their duty.
President gets paid for his work. When he first becomes president, he must swear under an oath. Article II section 2 talks more about the president’s duties specifically. He is the commander in chief of the army and navy. The president gets to choose the judges of the supreme court, with the consent of the Senate. Article II section 3 states that the president is to stay in communication with Congress about how the country is doing, whether bad or good. Article II section 4 says that the president, vice president, and other civil officers can be removed (impeached) from their role if they are convicted of treason, bribery, or other serious crimes. The initial constitution contained 7 articles.
Article I has 10 different sections. The first section of Article I talks about the power that is given to Congress in the United States. It mentions how Congress is split into the Senate and the house of representatives so that there isn’t one central power. Article I section 2 talks about the term limit for the house of representatives, which is every two years. You must be 25 years old if you want to be in the house of representatives. You must also have been a citizen of the United States for 7 years and live in the state that you want to represent. Each state has at least 1 representative. They get to choose their own speaker.
Section 3 of Article 1 talks about the Senate. Every state gets two senators. Their term is for 6 years.
Each senator gets 1 vote. The age requirement is 30 years old and you must be a citizen of the United States for at least 9 years. They must live in the state that they want to represent. The Senate has the power to impeach. No one can be convicted unless 2/3rds of the members are present. When someone is impeached, they can’t be punished any way that is outside the law.
When someone is impeached they cannot hold any other office. Section 4 of Article I is about the process of elections for senators and representatives and how each state legislature gets to decide the proceedings. Congress can change any of this. Congress has to meet at least once a year. When they do meet it has to be on the first Monday in December. Section 5 of Article I talk about each house.
They can determine their own rules and punish the members if they choose to for bad behavior. It takes 2/3rds majority vote to get rid of a member of the house. They must keep a journal of all the things that they do. They are supposed to publish it from time to time, except if it is something that is a secret. They cannot take time off for more than 3 days without the ok of the other house. Section 6 of Article I talks about senators. They get paid for the job they are doing. They are paid from the treasury of the United States.
They cannot be arrested unless it is a felony, or breach of the peace. They cannot be a member of either house when they continue in office. Section 7 of Article I talks about bills turning into laws. It has to go through the house of representatives and the Senate to become a law. It then goes to the president who can veto any law. When he does so that law has to start over in that process and go through the house of representatives and senate again.
Section 8 of Article I talk about the power that Congress has. They can collect taxes. Have the power to declare war. Create a post office. Make rules for the government. Decide the punishment for making counterfeit money.
They are supposed to always support science. The first part of Article I section 9 says that Congress cannot get rid of the importation of slaves in any state before 1808 and that there is a tax on each person that is imported, and it is $10.00 per person. Citizens can fight against unlawful imprisonment. This section gives some rights to citizens that are accused of a crime.
Goods that are imported and exported between states do not have to be taxed. Congress has to keep track of all the money that is spent by the government. Citizens do not get any special privileges. Section 10 prevents any state from going into any treaty or alliance with any other nation.
Silver and gold is the only thing that can be used to pay debts that are owed. States are not allowed to make their own money. States can’t collect taxes without the ok from Congress. The states are not allowed to go into a war unless they are actually invaded.Constitution Summary