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Article I, Section 8 addresses Congress' scope of legislative power. These are often referred to as enumerated or expressed powers, although they are also the source of some of Congress' implied powers.

Article I, Section 8

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;

To establish post offices and post roads;

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;

To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;--And

To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution enumerates, or specifies, the powers of the legislative branch of our government (the Congress). This is what Congress is able to do, no more, no less. To me, the most interesting of these powers is the ability to create & regulate money (i.e. its value). Sadly, Congress surrendered this power in 1913 when the Federal Reserve Act was passed. Since that time, the value of the dollar has plummeted dramatically.

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Section 8 of Article 1 of the US Constitution says that the Congress has the right to impose and collect taxes. Among the other powers laid out in this section, this is where Congress gets the right to borrow money and to print money and make coins as it sees fit.

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There is no Article 8, Section 3 in the US Constitution. Could you possibly mean Article I, Section 8, Clause 3?

Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 is also known as the Commerce Clause because it allows Congress to regulate commerce with foreign nations, between states, and with Indian tribes. The regulation of commerce between states has proven the most controversial.

"To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;"

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Clause 11: To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

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