Reading of the Constitutionby Representative Richard B. Nugent
Posted on 2013-01-15
NUGENT. `` . . . 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; . . .''
Mr. GOODLATTE. I now yield to the gentleman from California (Mr.
Mr. BERA. `` . . . 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; . . .''
Mr. GOODLATTE. I now yield to the gentleman from Virginia (Mr.
Mr. GRIFFITH of Virginia. `` . . . 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; . . .'' Mr. GOODLATTE. I now yield to the gentlewoman from California (Ms. Lee).