Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 2161
(House of Representatives - May 23, 2013)

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            By Mr. GOHMERT:
        H.R. 2161.
        Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant 
     to the following:
       Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1: ``The Congress shall have 
     power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, 
     to pay the Debts and provide for the . . . general Welfare of 
     the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall 
     be uniform throughout the United States''
       Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States 
     Constitution provides spending authority for Congress to 
     issue debt and set the interest rates thereof to insure that 
     such debt will be paid, and under the ``general welfare'' 
     clause the authority to pass laws that provide loans to