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Chapter 6 - Constitutional Powers

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Legislative - the power to pass laws; congress control over the economy - taxing, spending, and regulating commerce; power of the purse - levy taxes; revenue bills raise money (originate in the house of reps and go to senate); appropriations bills are proposed laws to authorize spending money (not spelled out in constitution); congress uses money powers to regulate economy; congress can also borrow money to help pay for the cost of gov, usually by authorizing the sale of government securities (bonds, notes) -> borrowing leads to national debt; congress can also coin money and regulate its value; power to punish counterfeiters; congress can make laws concerning bankruptcy but usually leaves bankruptcy matters to the states; congress has power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce -> supreme court has expanded the definition of commerce to give congress even greater power; commerce clause has been used a lot in civil rights to help prohibit discrimination in placed of public accommodation and in jobs; court decides that congress gets broad commerce powers that are not necessarily economic; power to approve treaties, to declare war, to create and maintain an army and navy, to make rules governing land and naval forces, and regulate foreign commerce; Congress passed the war powers act in 1973 that forbids the president to commit american forces to combat for more than 60 days without congressional notification within 48 hours; congress has the power over naturalization - process of immigrants becoming citizens; power to admit new states; power to govern federal property; power to grant copyrights and patents; power to establish a post office and federal courts