necessary and proper clause


nec·​es·​sary and proper clause
often capitalized N&P&C
: the clause in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution that empowers the Congress to make all laws necessary for executing its other powers and those of the federal government as a whole

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“Necessary and proper clause.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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