Legislative Branch

Legislative Branch:

The branch of the federal and state government empowered to make the laws that are then enforced by the Executive Branch and interpreted by the Judicial Branch.

Established by Article I of the Constitution, the Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject many Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers.