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UnitedStatesConstitution|ArticleTwo

Section 1. All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and
House of Representatives. 

Section 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states,
and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature. 

No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the
United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen. 

Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several states which may be included within this union, according to
their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service
for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within
three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of ten years, in such
manner as they shall by law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand, but each state shall
have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the state of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse
three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four,
Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three. 

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any state, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such
vacancies. 

The House of Representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment. 

Section 3. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, chosen by the legislature thereof

, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. 

Immediately after they shall be assembled in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three
classes. The seats of the Senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second year, of the second class at the
expiration of the fourth year, and the third class at the expiration of the sixth year, so that one third may be chosen every second year;
and if vacancies happen by resignation, or otherwise, during the recess of the legislature of any state, the executive thereof may make
temporary appointments until the next meeting of the legislature, which shall then fill such vacancies. 

No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the age of thirty years, and been nine years a citizen of the United States
and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be chosen. 

The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided. 

The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the absence of the Vice President, or when he shall
exercise the office of President of the United States. 

The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation.
When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no person shall be convicted without the
concurrence of two thirds of the members present. 

Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any
office of honor, trust or profit under the United States: but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment,
trial, judgment and punishment, according to law. 

Section 4. The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by
the legislature thereof; but the Congress 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. 

Section 5. Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, and a majority of each shall
constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized 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 behavior, 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. 

Section 6. The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of
the treasury of the United States. They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest
during their attendance at 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. 

Section 7. All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with
amendments as on other Bills. 

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 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 objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider 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 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 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 repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according
to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill. 

Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the
common defense 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 a 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 on the high seas, and offenses 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 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 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, dockyards, 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. 

Section 9. The migration or importation of such persons as any of 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. 

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 consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account
of 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. 

Section 10. No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills
of credit; make anything but gold and silver coin a tender 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 it's 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.