The Importance Of Implied Powers

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Congress is granted expressed powers in Article one, Section eight of the Constitution; expressed powers are “specific powers that are granted by the Constitution to Congress” (Ginsberg, 67). Among the expressed powers lie implied powers, in which the government may expand on its’ expressed powers in order to better benefit the United States of America. According to We The People, implied powers are any powers that “are not specifically expressed but are implied through expansive interpretation of delegated powers” (Ginsberg, 67). Implied powers give Congress the ability to make laws that are “necessary and proper” in order to correctly carry out the rights of the citizens and economy. Due to the definition of implied powers being so broad, this clause is often referred to as a “blank check for Congress to regulate any activity it wants” (Somin, 239). Although Congress does have limits on whether or not it can declare a situation eligible to fall under the necessary and proper clause in order to legalize it, it has given the government an extremely broad range of power compared to what powers are only specifically expressed in the Constitution.
This expansion of power was a very slow change because anti-federalists believed that this clause would give the government unlimited powers, which is not what the framers had intended. But today, Congress does not have much trouble giving reasoning for a situation to be “necessary and proper” for the well being of the citizens
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