general welfare clause

noun, often capitalized G&W&C
general wel·​fare clause | \ -ˈwel-ˌfar- \

Legal Definition of general welfare clause

: a clause in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution empowering Congress to provide for the general welfare of the United States (as through the collection of taxes)

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“General welfare clause.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/general%20welfare%20clause. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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