A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Earmarks
Elastic Clause
Elections
Electoral College
Electronic Voting
Emergency Spending
Emoluments
Entitlements
Enumerated
Enumerated Powers
Enumerated Rights
Equal Protection
Equality
Equity
Establishment Clause
Estate Tax
Ethanol
Ex Post Facto Law
Excessive Bail
Executive Branch
Executive Order
Executive Privilege
Exit Poll
Exoneration
Exploratory Committee
Exports
Extradition
Elastic Clause
After providing Congress with a long list of specific powers, Article I, Section 8 granted Congress authority to make all laws that are "necessary and proper" to implement those powers. Because this broad phrase covers such an extensive sweep of activities, it has been called the "elastic clause."


By Donald Ritchie, Our Constitution (Oxford University Press)