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The elastic clause is not about the power of the constitution, rather, it gives the Legislative branch (or Congress) of the US government power to do whatever they feel is necessary and proper in order to carry out their constitutional duties.

It's controversial because some people argue that it allows the Congress to "overstep their bounds" because of how vague it is. Others say that it doesn't give them any added power but instead gives them just what they need to accomplish their "already given" constitutional responsibilities.

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It gave all branches of the government the right to "stretch" the powers granted in the Constitution to fit their needs, when necessary.

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Because the Elastic Clause gives the Government the power to create any laws it deems "necessary" or "proper", the power was overused and caused a need to ammend the clause.

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