Constitution Week - September 17-22

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General Welfare

Greenbacks (United States notes) issued March 10, 1862

The Congress shall have Power To ... provide for the ... general Welfare

Congress is charged by the Constitution with providing for the general welfare of the country's citizens. Historically, this has meant improving transportation, promoting agriculture and industry, protecting health and the environment, and seeking ways to solve social and economic problems. These documents reflect Congressional actions to ensure "the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."