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General Welfare

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

Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States


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."

4 Images The Stock Market Crash Featured “Wall Street Bears,” cartoon by Clifford Berryman, April 30, 1932
6 Images Gambling and Racketeering Featured Women and Young Girls Entering Movie Theater to See Free TV of Kefauver Senate Crime Hearings, photograph by Michael Rougier, 1951
3 Images Juvenile Delinquency and Mail-Order Guns Featured Global Import Company advertisement for Deluxe .22 Caliber Revolver, Firearms Magazine, 1965