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The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 18) grants to Congress the power to enact laws to carry out the “enumerated powers” (Clauses 1-17) that are specifically assigned to the federal government.
This clause became the center of controversy from the nation's early days when Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson tangled over the constitutionality of a national bank. Their arguments, in one form or another, persist today:
Clause 18 is also known as the “elastic clause” or the “necessary and proper clause.”
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