Implied powers

Implied powers - which limited the ability of the president...

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Implied powers Implied powers are not stated directly in the Constitution. They derive from the right of  Congress to make all laws "necessary and proper" to carry out its enumerated powers.  Located at the end of Article I, Section 8, this sentence is often called the  elastic  clause  because it stretches the authority of Congress. The Supreme Court upheld the  concept of implied powers in the landmark case  McCulloch v. Maryland  (1819), ruling  that the federal government had the right to establish a national bank under the power  delegated to Congress to borrow money and control commerce. A more recent example  of implied powers is the  War Powers Act of 1973,
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Unformatted text preview: which limited the ability of the president to send American troops into combat without consulting and notifying Congress. Limitations on the powers of Congress The Constitution lists powers that are denied to Congress (Article I, Section 9). The Bill of Rights prohibits Congress from making laws that limit individual liberties. Under the system of checks and balances, the president can veto a law passed by Congress, or the Supreme Court can declare a law unconstitutional. Voters can ignore unpopular laws and press for their repeal, as happened with the Eighteenth Amendment establishing Prohibition....
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