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The 'necessary and proper' clause is an expressed power that gives way to an implied power. The federal government to use it to justify acts that are not specifically sanctioned in the Constitution.

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Because the elastic clause is in the section of the Constitution about congressional powers (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18), it is describing the things that the Congress can do. The elastic clause says that the Congress has the power 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." This means that technically, the congress can make any law about anything that was put in the constitution as a power of the government. This definitely expands the federal power, as the Congress is part of the federal government.

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The necessary and proper clause has been used to greatly expand the power of the Congress, and the Federal Government as a whole. This clause is what allows a central bank to exist. Our current central bank, the Federal Reserve, literally gives Congress the ability to print whatever funds they need. This obviously is a huge expansion of power when you control the printing press...

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Why is the Necessary and proper clause in the constitution?

expand the power of the federal government.


How have the commerce clause the necessary and proper clause and the supremacy clause from the Constitution impacted the power of the federal government?

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What constitution necessary and proper clause is the source of which federal powers?

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What is the constitutions necessary and proper clause in the source of which federal power?

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The what is also known as the elastic clause?

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


The necessary and proper clause of the Constitution has been used to?

expand the power of the federal government.


The federal government now has more than 18 delegated powers?

necessary and proper clause


Is the necessary and proper clause formal or informal amendment process?

Neither. The Necessary and Proper Clause is part of the original Articles of the US Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 18), so it's not an amendment, but is a formal part of the US Constitution. When use of the Necessary and Proper clause is expanded beyond the justifiable reach of Congress, that would be considered an informal amendment process.


What is the name for the necessary and proper clause?

Elastic Clause


What part of the Constitution is the basis for this diagram?

The necessary and proper clause (I think don't quote me-)


What does necessary and proper do?

The Necessary and Proper Clause is also known as the Elastic Clause the Sweeping Clause. It is a clause in the first Article of the US Constitution. It states that the Congress will have the power to make Laws that shall be necessary and proper in relation to execution of the power.


Another word for implied powers clause?

An alternative term for the implied powers clause is the necessary and proper clause. This clause, found in Article I, Section 8, Clause 18 of the United States Constitution, grants the federal government the authority to enact laws that are necessary and proper to carry out its other enumerated powers.