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may be passed by two

House, notwith

standing, &c.

the President of the United States; if he approve 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 large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Bill reconsideration two-thirds of that House shall agree to pass thirds of each the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, 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 not returnBill 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.

ed in ten days.

all orders, &.., except, &c.

Every order, resolution, or vote to which the concurrence of the Provision as to 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 repassed by two-thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a Bill.

12 Wheat., 419.

12 Pet., 72.

4 Wheat.. 122.

4 Gray, 559.

SEC. 8. The Congress shall have power-To lay and collect taxes, Powers of Conduties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the gress. common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all 5 Wheat., 317. duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;-To borrow money on the credit of the United States ;-To 9 Wheat., 1. regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several 2 Wheat., 259. States, and with the Indian tribes ;-To establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies 12 Wheat., 213. 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 5 Wheat., 153. constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;-To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on 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 use shall be for a longer term than two years;-To provide

5 Wheat., 1.

12 Wheat., 19.

1 Cranch, 187.

9 Wheat., 738.

12 Wheat, 136.

Provision as to

portation of certain persons.

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 discipline 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 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 départment or officer thereof.

SEC. 9. The migration or importation of such persons, as any of mgration or im- the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the 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.

Habeas corpus. 4 cranen, 78.

Bills of attain

der, &c.

3 Dall., 386.

12 Wheat.. 218.

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 proporTaxes, how ap- tion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be portioned.

No export duty.

No commercial


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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 consequence frm 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.

Treasury, unless



No titular no- No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and Officers, not to no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall, reeive presents, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolu

unless, &c.

ment, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign State.

from the exer


5 Gray, 297.

12 Wheat,


SEC. 10. No State shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or con- States prohibited federation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit cise of certain bills of credit; make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender 1 Pet., 257, 420. in payment of debts; pass any bill of 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 control of the Congress. 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.



SEC. 1. The Executive power shall be vested in a President of President and the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the Vice President, term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen office. for the same term, be elected, as follows:

their term

dent and Vice
President, num-
ber, and how

Each State shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature Electors of Presthereof may direct, a number of Electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the 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.


for this


*[The electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not be an inhabi- XII a substitute tant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a gr ph. 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 of the 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 *This paragraph has been superseded and annulled by the 12th amendment.


Electors to vote on same day.

U. S. Statutes, 1845, 1.

Qualifications of

'On whom his du

case of his re

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 members from two-thirds of the States, and a majority of all the 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 elec tors, 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 the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither 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 his ties devolve in death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties death, of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and 1. S. Statutes, the Congress may, by law, provide for the case of removal, death,



1792, 8, § 10.

President's compensation.

1793, 9.

resignation, or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall then act as President, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services a comU. S. Statutes, pensation, which shall neither be increased nor 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.

1853, 97, 24.

His oath.

President to be

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 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."

SEC. 2. The President shall be Commander-in-Chief of the army Commander-in- and navy of the United States, and, of the militia of the several He may require States, when called into actual service of the United States; he may and may pardon. require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the


opinion of, &c.,

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.

Treaty making

12 Pet., 524.


He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators pres- Lower, ent concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and 2 Pet, 253. consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public 13 Pet., 415. Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other certain officers. officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law; but the Congress may, by law, vest the appointment of such inferior 13 Pet., 230. officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of law, or in the heads of departments.

1 Pet., 511.


may fill vancan

The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may When President happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions cies. which shall expire at the end of their next session.

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SEC. 3. He shall from time to time give to the Congress informa- President shall tion of the State of the Union, and recommend to their considera- Congress. tion such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he He may convene may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the case, &c. time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and cute laws, and shall commission all the officers of the United States. SEC. 4. The President, Vice President and all civil officers of All civil offices the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for forfeited for cerand conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misde



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SECTION 1. The judicial power of the United States shall be Judicial power. vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may, from time to time, ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the Supreme and Inferior Courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.

SEC. 2. The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority; to all cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls; to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; to con


Judicial power, extends.

to what cases it

2 Dall., 419.

1 Cranch, 137. 1 Pet., 311.

11 Wheat., 467.

12 Pet., 657.

5 Pet., 1.

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