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be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment, according to law.

SECT. IV. The times,places and manner of holding elec- Manner of tions for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed cleding in each state by the legislature thereof; but the congress members. may at any time, by law, make or alter such regulations, except as to the places of choosing Senators.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall, by law, appoint a different day.

Sect. V. Each House shall be the judge of the elections, Powers of returns and qualifications of its own members, and a majo- each House. rity of each shall constitute a quorum to do business ; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorised to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties, as each House .. may provide.

Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behaviour, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member.

Each House shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such parts as may in their judgment require secrecy; and the yeas and nays of the members of either House on any question shall, at the desire of one fifth of those present, be entered on the journal,

Neither House, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other place, than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

SECT. VI. The Senators and Representatives shall receive Compensaa compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, tion, priviand paid out of the treasury of the United States. They leges, and shall in all cases, except treason, felony, and breach of the incapacities

of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at

members. the session of their respective Houses, and in going to, and returning from, the same ; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.

No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased, during such time ; and no person holding any office under the United States, shall be a member of either House, during his continuance in office.

SECT. VII. All bills for raising revenue shall originate in Manner of the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose palling, or concur with amendments, as on other bills.

bilis, &c. Every bill, which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he ap

preve, he shall sign it; but if not, he shall return it, with his objections, to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to re-consider it. If, after such reconsideration, two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the'objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be re-considered, and, if approved, by two thirds of that House, it shall become a law. But in all such cases, the votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the bill shall be entered on the journal of each House, respectively. If any bill shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress, by their adjournment, prevent its return, in which case it shall not be a law.

Every order, resolution or vote, to which the concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States, and, before the same shall take effect, shall be approved by him, or, being disapproved by him, shall be re-passed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to

the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill. Powers of Sect. VIII. The Congress shall have powerCongress. To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to

pay the debts, and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States ; but all duties, imposts and excises, shall be uniform throughout the United States ;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes ;

To establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies, throughout the United States ;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures ;

To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States ;

To establish post-offices and post-roads;

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing, for limited times, to authors and inventors, the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries ;

To constitute tribunals inferior to the supreme court ;

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed 09 the high seas, and offences against the law of nations ;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies ; but no appropriation of money to that is shall be for a longer terin tran two years ;


To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces ;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions ;

To provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states, respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the dis. cipline prescribed by Congress ;

To exercise exclusive legislation, in all cases whatsoever, over such district (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places, purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings ;-and

To make all laws which shall be necessary, and proper, for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers

vested by this constitution in the government of the United States,or in any department or officer thereof.

Sect. IX. The migration or importation of such persons, Limitaas any of the states now existing shall think proper to ad- tions of the mit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the powers of year one thousand eight hundred and eight; but a tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each person.

The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion, or invasion, the public safety may require it.

No bill of attainder, or ex post facto law, shall be passed.

No capitation, or other direct tax, shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census, or enumeration, herein before directed to be taken.

No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state. No preference shall be given, by any regulation of commerce or revenue, to the ports of one state over those of another; nor shall vessels bound to or from one state be obliged to enter, clear, or pay duties, in another.

No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in con, sequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of the receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time.

No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States ; and no person, holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office or title, of any kind whateVer, from any king, prince or foreign state.

SECT. X. No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance or

Limitations confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisat; coin of the pow- money; emit bills of credit; make any thing but gold and ers of ihe

silver coin a tender in payment of debts ; pass any bill of individual Itates.

attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts ; or grant any title of nobility.

No state shall, without the consent of the Congress, lay any imposts or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws; and the net produce of all duties and imposts, laid by any state on imports or exports, shall be for the use of the treasury of the United States ; and all such laws shall be subject to the revision and controul of the Congross. No state shall, without the consent of Congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops or ships of war in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another state, or with a foreign power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.

ARTICLE II. Of the Ex- SECT. I. The Executive Power shall be vested in a Presiecutive dent of the United States of America. He shall hold his ofpower.

fice during the term of four years,and, together with the VicePresident, chosen for the same term, be elected as follows :

Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislaManner of ture thereof may directs a number of electors, equal to the ele&ing the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the President and Vice

state may be entitled in the Congress; but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector.

The electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote, by ballot, for two persons, of whom one at least shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves. And they shall make a list of all the persons voted for, and of the number of votes for each ; which list they shall sign and certify, and transmit, sealed, to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the presence ofthe Senate and House of Representatives,open all the certificates, and the votes shall then be counted. The person having the greatest number of votes shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed ; and if there be more than one who have such majority, and have an equal number of votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately choose, by ballot, one of them for President; and if no person have a majority, then, from the five highest on the list, the said House shall, in like manner, choose the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote : A quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or mentbers from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the

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states shall be necessary to a choice. In every case, after the choice of the President, the person having the greatest number of votes of the electors shall be the Vice-President. But if there should remain two or more, who have equal votes, the Senate shall choose from them, by ballot, the Vice-President.

The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes, which day shall be the same throughout the United States.

No person, except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of Who may the United States at the time of the adoption of this Consti- be elected tution, shall be eligible to the office of President ; neither

President. shall any person be eligible to that office, who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

In case of the removal of the President from office, or of In case of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers the removal, and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the &c. of the Vice-President, and the Congress may, by law, provide for

President, the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, both of

10 devolve the President and Vice-President, declaring what officer on the Viceshall then act as President, and such officer shall act ac- President, cordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President &c. shall be elected.

The President shall at stated times, receive for his ser- President's vices a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor


tion. diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected ; and he shall not receive, within that period, any other emolument from the United States, or any of them.

Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation :

" I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully His oath. execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Sect. II. The President shall be commander in chief of Powers and the army and navy of the United States, and of the militia duties of the of the several States, when called into the actual service of President. the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices; and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.

He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present, concur; and he shall nominate, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the supreme couri, and all other officers of the Caited States, whose appointments are not herein her,

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