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Other Enumerated Article I Powers

Other Enumerated Article I Powers

Learn about some of Congress’s other enumerated Article I powers, including most importantly, its power to tax and spend for the general welfare and its array of war powers.


Although the Commerce Clause is often the focus of contemporary debates over Congress’s powers, the Constitution grants Congress an array of other significant authorities. Some of these powers, such as its power to tax and spend, can have at least as much of an impact on private individuals as direct regulation under the Commerce Clause. In addition, the Constitution also contemplates a significant role for Congress with respect to military and foreign affairs, although the limits on...