What Is The 10th Amendment ?  

The 10th Amendment was approved by the legislature as a part of the Bill of Rights on December 15, 1971. The Amend states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” In other words, the Amendment reinforces the principle of federation. It suggests that the powers which are not in the hands of the national government nor disallowed to the goverments of states by the Constitution are in the hands of respective states or their people.

The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution is nothing but a reinforcement of a past provision of the Articles of Confederation, which stated that all the powers, jurisdictions, and rights that were not ‘expressly’ delegated to the US Congress were reserved with the state and the people to ensure their freedom, sovereignty, and independence. Thus, the 10th Constitutional Amendment emphasized on the basic idea that the federal government is restricted only to the powers that are pre-determined in the Constitution. It also states that all that has not been surrendered is retained.

The ‘Commerce Clause’ of the 10th Amendment is very significant in defining the permissible scope of federal government. According to it, the federal government of the US is allowed to regulate only those matters that have been delegated to it by the US Constitution. All the other powers are given to the state or its people. It prevents the Congress or the federal government from using state governments as channels of national policy and thus restricts the establishment of a national bureaucracy.

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