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No State sball, without the consent of the Congress, lay any imposts or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws; and the nell produce of all duties and imposts, laid by any Siale 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 duly of tonnage, keep troops, or ships of war, in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact, with another Slate, or with a foreign power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.
The Executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected as follows:
Each State shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of Electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives, to which the State may be entitled in the Congress. But no Senator, or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the
United States, shall be appointed an Elector. Amendment [The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote XII. a substi- by ballot for two persons, of whoin one, at least, shall not be an tute for this paragraph.
inhabitant of the same state with themselves. And they shall make a list of all the persons voted for, and of the number of votes for each; which list they shall sign and certify, and transmil sealed to the seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates, and the votes shall then be counted. The person having the greatest number of votes shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed ; and if there be inore than one who have such majority, and have an equal number of votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately choose by ballot one of them for President; and if no person have a ma. jority, then, from the five highest on the list, the said House shall in like manner choose the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by States, the representation from each State having one vole : a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two thirds of the States : and a majority of all the States shall be necessary to a choice. In every case, after the choice of the President the person having the greatest number of voles of the Electors, shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more, who have equal votes, the Senate shall choose from them, by ballot, the Vice President.]
The Congress may determine the time of choosing the Elec. tors, and the day on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the United States.
No person, except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, sball be eligible to the office of President. Neither shall any person be eligible to that office, who shall not have attained io the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.
In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice Presi. dent; and the Congress may, by law, provide for the case of removal, death, resignation, or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall then act as President: and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.
The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished, during the period for which he shall have been elected : and he shall noi receive, within that period, any other emolu. ment from the United States, or any of ihen).
Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States; and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Consti. tution of the United States."
The President shall be commander in chief of the army and mary of the United States, and of the militia of the several Siaies, when called into the actual service of the United States. He may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relacing to the duties of their respective offices: and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons, for offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.
He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur : and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law. But the congress may, by law, vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they shall think proper, in the President-alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.
The Presideni shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen, during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions, which shall expire at the end of ibeir next session.
He shall, from time to time, give to the Congress information of the state of the Union; and recommend to their consi. deration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. He may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and, in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournent, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper. He shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers. He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed ; and shall commission all the officers of the United States.
The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United Siales, shall be removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
The Judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such Inferior Courts as the Congress may, from time to time, ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the Supreme and Inferior Courts, shall hold their offices during good behaviour; and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished du.. ring their continuance in office.
See Amendment XI.
The Judicial Power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or - which shall be made, under their authoria ty; to all cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers, and Consuls; to all cases of admirally and maritime jorisdiction; 10 controversies 10 which the United States shall be a party; to controversies between two or more States, between a State and citizens of another Stale, between citizens of different States, between citizens of the same State, claiming lands un. der grants of different States, and between a State, or the citi. zens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
In all cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers, and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be a party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all.che other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations, as the Congress shall make.
The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury: and such trial shall be held in the State where the said crimes shall have been committed; but when not com. milled within any Slate, the trial shall be at such place or places as the Congress may by law bave directed.
SECT. III. Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or iu adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overi act, or on confession in open couri.
The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason : but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture, except during the life of the person at. tainted.
Full faith and credit shall be given, in each State, to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other Siate. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.
The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States.
A person charged in any State with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another State, shall, on demand of the Executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State, having jurisdiction of the crime.
No person, held to service or labour in one state, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labour; but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labour may be due.
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the juris. diction of any other State--nor any State be formed by the junction of two or more States, or parts of States—without the consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned, as well as of the Congress.
The Congress shall have power to dispose of, and make all needful rules and regulations respecting, the territory or other property belonging to the United States: and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed, as to prejudice any claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
SECT.IV. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union, a republican form of government; and shall protect each of them against invasion, and on application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
ARTICLE V. The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall Vol. I.
deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid 10 all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislature sof three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided, that no amendmeni, which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, shall in any manner affect the first and fourib clauses in the ninth section of the first article ; and that no State, without its consen', shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.
ARTICLE VI. All debts contracted, and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States, under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land : and the Judges in every Slate shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several State Legislatures, and all Executive and Judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound, by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious lest shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, proposed by CON-
States, pursuant to the fifth article of the original Constitution. I. Congress shall make no law respecting the establisbment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
II. A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.