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Common Defense

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

Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States

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.

3 Images The Defense Industry Featured “Pour It On!” poster by Garrett Price for the War Production Board, 1942
3 Images The Fort Pillow Massacre Featured Fort Pillow Massacre, by the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, May 5, 1864
6 Images The Pearl Harbor Attack Featured Honolulu Star-Bulletin, front page, December 7, 1941