Necessary and Proper Clause

Prediction

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Fun Fact

Definition

A clause in the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) setting forth the implied powers of Congress. It states that Congress, in addition to its express powers, has the right to make all laws necessary and proper to carry out all powers the Constitution vests in the national government.

Sentence

If it weren't for the necessary and proper clause, the powers of the federal government would be very limited. The correct interpretation of the Necessary and Proper Clause might be the single most important question of American constitutional law.

Example

Obama’s constitutional legacy

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Question(s)

  1. Where can the Necessary and Proper Clause be found?

  2. Why is the Necessary and Proper Clause also known as the Elastic Clause?

  3. Be creative and thoughtful: What is the opposite of the Necessary and Proper Clause?

  4. It would be silly to say, for example, the "power to establish post offices" did not include the power to print postage stamps or pay mail carriers.  But does it also include the power to advertise the joys of stamp collecting on television?