Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 2785
(House of Representatives - October 13, 2011)

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            By Mr. TOWNS:
       H.R. 2785.
       Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant 
     to the following:
       This Bill is enacted pursuant to Article I, Section 8, 
     Clause 1 of the United States Constitution, known as the 
     ``General Welfare Clause.'' This provision grants Congress 
     the broad power ``to pay the Debts and provide for the common 
     defense and general welfare of the United States.''\1\
       \1\ Please note, pursuant to Article I, section 8, Congress 
     has the power ``to make all Laws which shall be necessary and 
     proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and 
     all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the 
     Government of the United States, or in any Department or 
     Officer thereof.''