What are the four powers of congress?
Four powers of the U.S. Congress:
1. Declare War
2. Levy Taxes
3. Ratify Treaties
4. Impeachment Authority
Delegated Powers are powers given only to the federal government. Reserved Powers are powers reserved for state governments. and concurrent powers are powers shared between the state and federal governments. Implied powers are powers that congress are not specifically listed in the constitution and expressed powers are powers of congress that are specified.
Why did the constitution specifically describe the powers of the Congress but remain vague about the powers of the president?
The Constitution's division of powers leaves the President with some exclusive powers as Commander-in-Chief, Congress with certain other exclusive powers, and a sort of "twilight zone" of concurrent powers. Congress also has the power to limit the powers of the President. The Constitution describes the powers of Congress more than those of the president because initially Congress was supposed to rule the country while the president didn't do much.
The United States is a government of enumerated powers. Congress, and the other two branches of the federal government, can only exercise those powers given in the Constitution. The powers of Congress are enumerated in several places in the Constitution. The most important listing of congressional powers appears in Article I, Section 8 (see left) which identifies in seventeen paragraphs many important powers of Congress. In this section, we consider how several of the enumerated…