What gives the "Federal Government" it's legal authority under the laws of the Union?

Is the original Union under which it was founded still a legal body?

(The 13 colonies)

So where does the Fed get its Authority to impose regulations on the 50 states?


No Child Left Behind - (unfunded)

Hospital Required to render care to all - (unfunded)

plus other

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    The federal government is granted its legal authority by the Constitution.

    No Child Left Behind was created through federal legislation. But since education is a state, not federal matter, its "big stick" is the threat to withhold education funding from a non-compliant state.

    Likewise with the mandate for hospitals to provide care for all. The only threat the federal government has is through Medicare, and earlier through Hill-Burton in 1946. If you don't comply with their requirements, they won't give you any money. If you've already taken their money, you are required to do what they legally request.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Article VI of the United States Constitution:

    "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 State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."

  • Doug B
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Read the Constitution. Also, Marbury v. Madison.

  • 1 decade ago

    From the UN - our new one world government.

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