Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
April 26, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 59 — Daily Edition
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Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 1796
(House of Representatives - April 26, 2013)
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[Page H2395] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] By Ms. DUCKWORTH: H.R. 1796. Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: General Welfare Clause (Art. 1 sec. 8 cl. 1) Necessary and Proper Clause (Art. 1 sec. 8 cl. 18) Constitutional analysis is a rigorous discipline which goes far beyond the text of the Constitution, and requires knowledge of case law, history, and the tools of constitutional interpretation. While the scope of Congress' powers is an appropriate matter for House debate, the listing of specific textual authorities for routine Congressional legislation about which there is no legitimate constitutional concern is a diminishment of the majesty of our Founding Fathers' vision for our national legislature.