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According to Thomas Jefferson, how should the necessary and pro…

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  • Question: According to Thomas Jefferson, how should the necessary and proper clause be interpreted? [This clause states "to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution the enumerated powers."]
  • Answers:
  1. If the federal government can perform an enumerated power without a law or action, then that law or action is unnecessary and therefore unconstitutional.
  2. For a law or action to be constitutional, Congress must agree with the executive branch that the particular law or action is necessary to carry out the power of government.
  3. The Supreme Court should make all decisions about which laws and actions are necessary to carry out the enumerated powers of the federal government.
  4. If the states disagree with Congress about which laws or actions are necessary, then the states should interpose themselves between the federal government and the citizens and prevent the law or action from going into effect.

The correct answer is: If the federal government can perform an enumerated power without a law or action, then that law or action is unnecessary and therefore unconstitutional.

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