Constitution Week - September 17-22

Join the Capitol Visitor Center for Constitution Week. Complete schedule here.

Common Defense

Army Recruiting poster, “Nurses Are Needed Now!... ” by Stu L. Savage, 1944

The Congress shall have Power To ... provide for the common Defense

Congress appropriates funds for national defense and has the power to declare war. By approving international agreements and the appointment of ambassadors, Congress also supports efforts to resolve conflict through diplomacy. Congressional contributions to matters of war and peace throughout the nation's history are registered in these documents.