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Tenth Amendment

The Tenth Amendment was part of the Bill of Rights that was added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791. This amendment states that any power not specifically given to the federal government by the Constitution belongs to the States and the people.

From the Constitution

Here is the text of the Tenth Amendment from the Constitution:

"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."

The Federal Government

The federal government is another name for the national government (Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court) of the United States. It is defined by the U.S. Constitution.

Federal and State Governments

The United States was formed as a group of states under one federal government. The federal government has the powers given to it by the Constitution, while the state governments and the people have the rest of the powers.

The Tenth Amendment was added to insure that the powers of the federal government remain limited. The writers of the Tenth Amendment wanted to make it clear that the power of the federal government comes from the states and the people, not the other way around.

Which is higher, state law or federal law?

This can be a tricky question. The highest power in the land is the Constitution. This makes federal law the higher power. However, federal law is limited in its powers to only what is specifically stated in the Constitution. The states and the people have all other powers.

Powers of the Federal Government

Some examples of powers of the federal government include: Powers of the State Governments

Some examples of state powers include: How is the Tenth Amendment different from the Ninth?

The Ninth and Tenth Amendments are very similar in that they limit the scope of the federal government. The Tenth Amendment, however, introduces the idea of "powers" and "states."

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