General Welfare

U.S. Social Security Board Poster, A Monthly Check to You for the Rest of Your Life . . . Beginning When You Are 65, Lithograph Print, 1935.

The Congress shall have Power To ... provide for the ... general Welfare

Congress is charged by the Constitution with providing for the general welfare of the country's citizens. Historically, this has meant improving transportation, promoting agriculture and industry, protecting health and the environment, and seeking ways to solve social and economic problems. These documents reflect Congressional actions to ensure "the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."