Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
May 23, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 74 — Daily Edition
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Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 2130
(House of Representatives - May 23, 2013)
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[Page H2956] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] By Mr. CARTWRIGHT: H.R. 2130. Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: Article I, Section VIII which states ``The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;'' Most recently the Supreme Court has held that Article I, Section VIII gives Congress a plenary power to impose taxes and to spend money for the general welfare subject almost entirely to Congress's own discretion.