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Article I of the Constitution sets forth most of the powers of Congress, which include numerous explicit powers enumerated in Section 8. Constitutional amendments have granted Congress additional powers. Congress also has implied powers derived from the Necessary and Proper Clause of the Constitution.
Congress has authority over financial and budgetary matters, through the enumerated 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.
The Sixteenth Amendmentratified inextended power of taxation to include income taxes. The Constitution also gives Congress an important role in national defenseincluding the exclusive power to declare war, to raise and maintain the armed forcesand to make rules for the military.
Bush claimed he could begin Operation Desert Storm and launch a "deliberate, unhurried, post—Cold War decision to start a war" without Congressional approval.
Bush largely initiated the Iraq War with little debate in Congress or consultation with Congress, despite a Congressional vote on military force authorization. Congress also has the power to establish post offices and post roads, issue patents and copyrightsfix standards of weights and measures, establish courts inferior to the Supreme Courtand "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.
One congressional power is oversight of other branches of the government. One of the foremost non-legislative functions of the Congress is the power to investigate and to oversee the executive branch.
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Inthis committee helped impeach president Andrew Johnson who was almost convicted; Johnson stayed in office. Congress also has the exclusive impeachment powerallowing impeachment, trial, and removal of the Presidentfederal judges and other federal officers.
Enumerated powers Among the powers specifically given to Congress in Article I Section 8, are the following: To lay and collect taxesdutiesimposts and excisesto 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; 2.
To borrow money on the credit of the United States ; 3. To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Native American tribes; 5. To coin money, regulate the value thereofand of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures ; 6.
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States; 7. To establish post offices and post roads; 8. To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries; 9.
To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court ; To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seasand offenses against the law of nations ; Congress has created new cabinet departments and federal agencies that have given the president and the executive branch broad powers to address problems such as education, welfare, the environment, and, most recently, homeland security.
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