Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 683
(House of Representatives - February 14, 2013)

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           By Mr. SMITH of Washington:
       H.R. 683.
       Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant 
     to the following:
       The constitutional authority on which this bill rests is 
     the power of Congress ``to make Rules for the Government and 
     Regulation of the land and naval Forces'' as enumerated in 
     Article I, section 8 of the United States Constitution and in 
     pursuit of the Equal Protection Clause found in section 1 of 
     the Fourteenth Amendment.