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How has the United States Government used the Commerce Clause to increase Federal Power?
The answer should be over 300 words (one page) Students should review the three Discussion sections on Federalism as well as the Breakout Discussion on Federalism. The Analysis of the Commerce Clause will also help you understand how this expansion of power has been implemented.
Review the following five videos:
1. Tenth Amendement
2. Necessary and Proper Clause
3. Necessary and Proper Clause- Conservative view
4. Commerce Clause
5. Commerce Clause- Conservative view
After watching the videos, review the Supreme Court Case of Gonzales V. Raich, the Supreme Court case governing the authority over the legalization of marijuana in the United States.

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The United States remains a government of enumerated powers based on the provisions of the Tenth Amendment. That is, there are powers reserved for the federal government and those vested on the state governments. In instances where these controls overlap, the federal authority surpasses that of the states. The bone of contention arises with the inclusion of the Necessary and Proper Clause, which adds an element of discretion on part of the powers of the Congress with regard to organizing the government as well as carrying into execution the other federal powers. While the Necessary and Proper Clause is argued by Framers to add no powers to the Congress, it has nonetheless been exploited by the latter under the Commerce Clause to increase federal power as will be discussed in the Supreme Court case of Gonzales v. Raich (2005).
The Commerce Clause, which can be found...

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