Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
November 13, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 161 — Daily Edition
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Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 3480
(House of Representatives - November 13, 2013)
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[Page H7052] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] By Ms. TSONGAS: H.R. 3480. Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: Clause 1 of Section 8 of Article 1 of the United States Constitution. By Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas H.J. Res. 102. Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, giving Congress exclusive jurisdiction over the District of Columbia. That clause was cited as the authority for the government's ability to accept the original Smithson donation and the creation of the Smithsonian Institution via the Act of August 10, 1846. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18, the Necessary and Proper clause, which provides the power to enact legislation necessary to effectuate one of the earlier enumerated powers, such as the authority granted in Clause 17 above.