The Enduring Constitution: Congressional Power

Timeline created by samuelx22
  • Expressed Powers

    The Constitution gives expressed powers to Congress in Article 1, Section 8.
  • Implied Powers

    Supreme Court upholds the concept of implied powers, declaring that the powers to tax, borrow, & regulate commerce to establish a national bank
  • Immigration

    Supreme Court rejects State efforts to regulate immigration, declaring it a Congressional Issue.
  • Legal Tender

    The U.S. government issues its first legal tender notes, which are popularly called greenbacks
  • Monopolies

    The Sherman Antitrust Act, based on the commerce power, regulates monopolies and other practices that limit competition.
  • Wagner Act

    The Wagner Act, based on the commerce power, recognizes labor's right to bargain collectively. The Social Security Act is passed.
  • Highway System

    The Interstate and National Highway Act, based on the commerce and war powers, provides for a national interstate highway system.
  • Health-Care

    Congress amends the Social Security Act of 1935 to create Medicare, which covers hospital and other health-care costs of the elderly.
  • Impaired

    The Americans with Disabilities Act, based on the commerce power, prohibits discrimination against the physically impaired.
  • Reserved Powers

    In United States v. Lopez, the Court strikes down the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990 on the grounds that the federal government invades reserved powers of the states with this legislation.