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  2. The Necessary and Proper Clause, also known as the Elastic Clause, is a clause in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution: The Congress shall have 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 ...

  3. What Is the Elastic Clause? The elastic clause is arguably one of the most important and heavily debated parts of the Constitution, especially when it comes to limiting federal power and protecting states’ rights. It is also one of the most commonly misunderstood clauses.

  4. The terms Elastic Clause, Basket Clause, and Coefficient Clause are also occasionally used to refer to this provision. See Devotion Garner & Cheryl Nyberg , Popular Names of Constitutional Provisions , Univ. of Wash. Sch. of Law , https://lib.law.uw.edu/ref/consticlauses.html#oth (listing these terms as popular name[s] for the provision).

  5. This residual clause—called at various times the “Elastic Clause,” the “Sweeping Clause,” and (from the twentieth century onward) the “Necessary and Proper Clause”—is the constitutional source of the vast majority of federal laws.

  6. The Necessary and Proper Clause—also sometimes called the Elastic Clause, Coefficient Clause, or Basket Clauseconcludes Section 8’s list of enumerated powers by vesting in Congress the authority to use all means “necessary and proper” to execute those powers.

  7. Aug 17, 2016 · The Elastic Clause, also known as the “Necessary and Proper Clause,” is perhaps the most important clause in the U.S. Constitution, though it is also the most controversial. The Clause gives Congress the authority to use powers not explicitly named in the Constitution, if they are necessary in order to perform its responsibilities as ...

  8. The Necessary and Proper Clause, sometimes called the “coefficient” or “elasticclause, is an enlargement, not a constriction, of the powers expressly granted to Congress. Chief Justice Marshall’s classic opinion in McCulloch v. Maryland 1845 set the standard in words that reverberate to this day. “Let the end be legitimate,” he ...

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