Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 708
(House of Representatives - February 14, 2013)

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           By Mr. DOYLE:
       H.R. 708.
       Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant 
     to the following:
       Article 6--Clause 2
       All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before 
     the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against 
     the United States under this Constitution, as under the 
       This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which 
     shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or 
     which shall be made, under the Authority of the United 
     States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges 
     in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the 
     Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary 
       The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the 
     Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive 
     and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the 
     several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to 
     support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever 
     be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust 
     under the United States.