The Powers of the U.S. Congress: Where Constitutional Authority Begins and Ends: Where Constitutional Authority Begins and Ends

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Brien Hallett
ABC-CLIO, Oct 3, 2016 - Political Science - 298 pages
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This work presents a comprehensive overview of the 21 congressional powers enumerated in the Constitution of the United States through essays that focus on each power. These informative essays introduce and explain each power individually, address its evolution from 1789 to the modern day and into the foreseeable future, and provide real-world examples of how each power has been applied through U.S. history. The comprehensive content enables an understanding of the mutually supporting interplay of all of the legislative powers in our government's system of checks and balances, and it allows readers to better appreciate how radical and daring the framers were at the Philadelphia convention in 1787.

Readers will learn about Congressional powers that greatly impact modern citizens, many of which are frequently mentioned in news media due to policy struggles over budget, immigration, and national security; debates regarding the ideal size and role of government; and many others. The contributors also address questions regarding the responsibilities of the Congress, the ways in which Congress has met or failed to meet these responsibilities over the past two centuries, and what changes to congressional power may come in the future.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Power to Tax
1
Chapter 2 The Power to Borrow Money
17
Chapter 3 The Power to Regulate Commerce
29
Chapter 4 The Power to Regulate Immigration
43
Chapter 5 The Power to Regulate Bankruptcies
57
Chapter 6 The Powers to Regulate Money Weights and Measures and to Punish Counterfeiting
69
Chapter 7 The Power to Establish Post Offices and Post Roads
81
Chapter 8 The Power to Regulate Patents and Copyright
95
Chapter 13 The Power to Regulate Land and Naval Forces
159
Chapter 14 The Power to Call Forth and Regulate the Militia
171
Chapter 15 The Power to Exercise Authority over the District of Columbia and Federal Property
185
Chapter 16 The Power to Appropriate Money and to Budget
199
Chapter 17 The Power to Advise and Consent Treaties
215
Chapter 18 The Power to Advise and Consent Appointments
227
Chapter 19 The Power to Enforce the Civil War Amendments
241
The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union
259

Chapter 9 The Power to Constitute Courts and Other Tribunals Inferior to Supreme Court
107
Chapter 10 The Power to Punish Piracies and Other Offenses Against the Law of Nations
123
Chapter 11 The Power to Declare War
135
Chapter 12 The Power to Raise and Support Armies and to Provide and Maintain a Navy
149
The Constitution of the United States of America
267
About the Editor and Contributors
285
Index
289
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Brien Hallett, PhD, is a professor in the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai'i.

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