Necessary and Proper Clause Definition: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Michael Gott

Mike is a veteran of the New Hampshire public school system and has worked in grades 1-12. His role has varied from primary instructor to special needs support.

The Necessary and Proper Clause is found in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18 of the U.S. Constitution. This clause is often considered confusing because different people disagree about what is necessary and proper.

What is a Constitution?

Just like you have to follow your teacher's rules at school or your parents' rules at home, people in government have to follow rules. These rules are called laws and are found in a constitution.

A constitution is a list of rules that a government has to follow. Different countries have different rules for their governments. A constitution is where these rules are found. In the United States, the federal government has a constitution to follow. All 50 states also have constitutions, but these constitutions have to follow the U.S. Constitution.

Article 1

The U.S. Constitution is organized in seven sections called articles. Each article covers a different subject, and is broken into sections and clauses. The reason the Constitution is organized this way is so that it is easy to find different rules, which apply to different people.

The Necessary and Proper Clause is found in Article 1 of the Constitution. Article 1 sets legal rules for Congress. Congress is the part of the government that makes laws. Remember, laws are the rules for our country and government.

Congress is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate has two senators from each state, for a total of 100 members. The House of Representatives is made up of 435 members. Each state has a different number of representatives based on the number of people in the state.

U.S. Constitution
Necessary and Proper Clause

The Necessary and Proper Clause

The Necessary and Proper Clause is found in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18 of the Constitution. It says, ''The Congress shall have Power ... 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.''

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