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Why did the Framers include the Supremacy Clause in the Constitution?

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In our Constitution, there is a supremacy clause. It states that the laws of the federal government take priority over the laws of the state governments. There was a reason for putting this clause into the Constitution.

One of the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation was that the federal government didn’t have enough power. If one state voted against a change in the Articles of Confederation, that change couldn’t occur. The federal government also had very limited power. It couldn’t levy taxes, and it couldn’t make people join the army. These restrictions created problems for the federal government.

In order to create a stronger federal government, the Founding Fathers knew the federal government had to have more power. They also understood that if the federal government was going to be strong, the states...

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