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Enumerated Powers

Definition - What does Enumerated Powers mean?

The enumerated powers constitute a legal authority that is granted to the United States federal government by the Constitution. As per the terms of the Constitution, only the federal government has enumerated powers, and not the states. The states have their own privileges and powers; however, they are separate and distinct from the enumerated powers of the federal government.

Justipedia explains Enumerated Powers

The power to decide whether or not to go to war, to tax citizens, and to spend certain amounts of money by Congress are all enumerated powers that the federal government possesses. However, even though the federal government possesses enumerated powers, elected officials must still obtain office by winning elections. In other words, the people of the United States still have a large say in who makes up the federal government, and thus who will actually get to use these powers.

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