Importance Of The 10th Amendment

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The United States Constitution is the founding document of the current system in the United States of America. The Constitution establishes the powers of the different branches of the government, as well as creates the different laws of the land. Anything written in the Constitution or in its amendments becomes part of the supreme law of the United States. As such, the Constitution and its amendments, is the most important document in the land. With this being the case, it is important for Americans to know about the amendments, and one of the most important amendments in the Constitution is the 10th amendment. The 10th amendment is an extremely important amendment that was necessary to help ratify the Constitution. The 10th amendment says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people” (Cornell Law School). This amendment is essentially saying that any powers that the Constitution does not expressly give to the federal government, those powers fall to the state governments. This means that certain government entities not outlined by the Constitution, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Department of Education, which provide more power to the federal government, are in violation of the Constitution. These bodies are allowing the government more power than the Constitution provides them. This overstepping that these government agencies
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