[Section 8 of the United States Constitution]

Section 8 - The Powers of Congress

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties,
imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common
defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties,
imposts andexcises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several
states, and with the Indian tribes;

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on
the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and
fix the standard of weights and measures;

To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and
current coin of the United States;

To establish post offices and post roads;

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for
limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to
their respective writings and discoveries;

To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high
seas, and offenses against the law of nations;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules
concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that
use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and
naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the
union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia,
and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service
of the United States, reserving to the states respectively,
the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the
militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such
District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of
particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat
of the government of the United States, and to exercise like
authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature
of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts,
magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;--And

To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying
into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested
by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in
any department or officer thereof.