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What does the elastic clause do?


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The Elastic Clause is in Article I of the US Constitution, and it states that any powers necessary to complete the powers listed above (the expressed powers of congress), but not necessarily mentioned there, are nonetheless granted to the Congress.

For example: An express power is that Congress can maintain an army. A implied power (powers granted by the elastic clause) would be to recruit, train, and draft citizens into that army. It could also establish military bases to which civilian access was restricted.

The elastic clause has been used throughout US history to add powers to the federal government.

It allows the federal government to expand its powers.


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It is called Elastic Clause because it can be stretched like elastic.

Define elastic clause?

Another name for the Elastic Clause is the Necessary and Proper Clause.

The elastic clause stretches Congresses constitutional authority. It is also known as the necessary and proper clause.

There are actually four other names for the Elastic Clause: Proper and Necessary Clause (mainly) Basket Clause Coefficient Clause Sweeping Clause

The elastic clause allows government to change with the times.

Article I, Section 8 is not called the Elastic Clause. The Elastic Clause is part of that Section, contained in its last paragraph.

The elastic clause has been used numerous times in American History. One example of a reform that was put in place using the elastic clause was the New Deal.

how does the elastic clause play arole in today times

The Elastic Clause (Article:1 Section:8) gives Congress the right to make laws that seem fit. The reason its called Elastic Clause is because it stretched Congresses power allowing it to make laws that seem needed.

the elastic clause helps to protect our natural rights by allowing the government to adjust to a national crysis. However, the elastic clause is not very specific, and so really anything can be deemed "necessary and proper" as the elastic clause goes, so the elastic clause on the other hand can actually violate our rights as well. It all depends on how it is interpreted.

The Necessary and Proper Clause

Necessary and proper clause

The definition for elastic clause "is a statement in the U.S. Constitution granting Congress the power to pass all laws". In a sentence would be "congress will use the elastic clause to pass this law".

The Elastic Clause gives Congress the freedom to do what they must to carry out its power. Two historic uses of the Elastic Clause came with the establishment of the National Bank and also with the Louisiana Purchase.

Elastic clause is a statement in the U.S. Constitution granting Congress the power to pass all laws.

The elastic clause provides flexibility for our government.The elastic clause in the US Constitution grants Congress the right to pass all laws "necessary and proper" to carry out the powers specifically granted to Congress by the Constitution.

The elastic cause is another name for the Necessary and Proper Clause that is found in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. "The elastic clause gives Congress powers found in no other part of the Constitution."

Elastic Clause or Necessary and Proper clause

What does the elastic clause allow Congress to do?It allows Congress to create laws or stretch laws which they think are necessary.

article one section eight, it is clause #18

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18

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