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In the Constitution of the United States, what are delegated powers?

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Posted November 6, 2012 at 12:58 AM via web

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In the Constitution of the United States, what are delegated powers?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 6, 2012 at 1:06 AM (Answer #1)

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When speaking about the Constitution of the United States, delegated powers are the same thing as enumerated powers.  These are the powers that are specifically given to the federal government.  These can mostly be found in Section 8 of Article I.  There, the Constitution lays out powers that Congress has.  These include things like the power to impose taxes and the power to lay out rules for how new citizens can be naturalized.  Delegated powers must be distinguished from implied powers.  These are powers that are not specifically given to Congress in the Constitution but which are covered under the power to do things that are “necessary and proper” for carrying out the delegated powers.

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