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. 3469
(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 Mr. ISSA: H.R. 3469. Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: Because this bill affects spending by the United States, in that it alters the definition of a constitutionally- permissible class (military Veterans) that receives funds from the federal government, Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution which empowers Congress ``To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common defence [sic] and general Welfare of the United States'' and Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18, which empowers Congress to ``To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.''