Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 5979
(House of Representatives - June 20, 2012)

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           By Mr. CASSIDY:
       H.R. 5979.
       Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant 
     to the following:
       Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 [the Spending Clause] of the 
     United States Constitution states that `The Congress shall 
     have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and 
     Excises, to pay for Debts and provide for the common Defence 
     and general Welfare of the United States.'