Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Supremacy Clause

Rep. McClintock on the Supremacy Clause

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) discussed the Supremacy Clause and the powers of the states.

Description

CLIP 1: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) discussed the Supremacy Clause and the powers of the states. CLIP 2: KrisAnne Hall talked about her book Sovereign Duty, and how the Supremacy Clause enforces the Constitution.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Describe the content and significance of the Supremacy clause according to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA).
  • What remedy do states have if they believe the federal government is abusing its power.
  • According to KrisAnne Hall, what are the limitations of the Supremacy Clause and federal laws trumping state laws.
  • Extension Questions to Consider: How does the supremacy clause represent a response to the Articles of Confederation? Which of the landmark Supreme Court cases reflect issues of federal supremacy and how? What modern controversial issues and/or legislation reflect the supremacy clause?

Additional Resource

Participants

Vocabulary

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Concurrent Powers
  • Constitution
  • Enumerated Powers
  • Federalism
  • Federalist Papers
  • Reserved Powers
  • Separation Of Powers
  • Supremacy Clause

Topics

AP U.S. Government Key TermsConstitutional FoundationFederalism and State Issues

Grades

Middle SchoolHigh School