Reading of the Constitutionby Representative José E. Serrano
Posted on 2015-01-09
SERRANO. ``. . . 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; . . .''
Mr. GOODLATTE. I now yield to the gentleman from Nebraska (Mr.
Mr. SMITH of Nebraska. ``. . . 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.'' Mr. GOODLATTE. I now yield to the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Gene Green).