Enumerated Powers

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  • A set of rules found in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which limits the authority of Congress to those powers enumerated in the Constitution. The power of Congress is not to exceed these.

    According to the enumerated powers, Congress has the right to (1) impose taxes; (2) pay debts; (3) borrow money; (4) regulate foreign and domestic commerce; (5) regulate currency and therefore institute punishments for defrauding the U.S. government; (6) promote development of the arts and sciences, therefore securing patented rights; (7) establish a court system; (8) set up roads and post offices; (9) establish rules and punishments for international offenses; (10) declare war; (11) maintain both structural (rules, recruitment, etc.) and financial support of the armed forces; and (12) make laws ...

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