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An Overview of the Commerce Clause

An Overview of the Commerce Clause

Learn about the evolution of the Commerce Clause from inception to modern day doctrine.


Welcome to the tutorial on Congress's power to regulate commerce!

I. The Commerce Clause

Article I of the Constitution gives Congress the authority "[t]o regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes."

Our understanding of the Commerce Clause has changed dramatically over time, and today, the Commerce Power can easily be said to be one of Congress's most important and expansive powers. This is especially true when Congress's Commerce Power is...