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A concept with many different interpretations depending on which federal law is being considered. Usually relevant in determining if an activity has a sufficient connection to interstate commerce,and thus the Commerce Clause of the Constitution,to warrant federal intrusion or oversight of the activity. Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution is known as the Commerce Clause and empowers the United States Congress “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”Representative areas of federal power may include

• Matters in interstate commerce
• Matters affecting interstate commerce
• Agencies and instrumentalities of interstate commerce
• Local laws that discriminate against interstate commerce
• Crimes that interfere with or obstruct interstate commerce

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TRIP estimates that the Interstate Highway System saved 5,359 lives in 2014, based on an estimate of the number of additional fatalities that would have occurred had Interstate traffic been carried by other major roadways, which often lack the safety features common to Interstate routes.
What does the fact that the thousands of miles of interstate highway are often clogged with traffic suggest about the difficulty of designing public-works projects?
While federal commitment to a system of interstate and defense highways was essential to the creation of the 1956 Interstate Highways Acts, the grand plan would have been impossible were it not for the groundwork laid by state departments of transportation.
Navy missiles overturned on interstate highway I-70 near Myersville, Md.
That's what happened with the one-out-of-five claim about airplane use of the Interstate Highway System.
In 1960, while the interstate highway system was being constructed with cash and a year before President Kennedy set a nation's gaze on the moon, 67 percent of the federal budget was available for such investments; only 33 percent was consumed by spending on entitlements and interest on the national debt.
Some "thing" equivalent to the Interstate highway system will have to be created for us to realize the potential of fiber-optic networking; powerful, inexpensive computers with voice, data, and graphics capabilities; and mass storage devices.
The intent and purpose of this invitation to bid is to establish an annual requirements contract for monthly grounds maintenance of specific State and Interstate Highway Rights of Way per the Inventory List, Exhibit A.
That includes rough stretches of Interstate 40 at Russellville and the White River; a stretch of Interstate 30 at Malvern; and Interstate 530 from Pine Bluff to Little Rock, which wasn't eligible for rehab work the first go-round because it wasn't designated an Interstate highway at the time.
Scully's guesses: New York's Fresh Kills garbage landfill, which is 25 times bigger than the Great Pyramid in Egypt (and nothing anyone will want to mess with); built-to-last super-max prisons; the interstate highway system (or at least a few surviving remnants); underground nuclear waste dumps (which are designed to survive the thousands of years it takes nuclear waste to become nontoxic); and the buildings on the Washington Mall, since they are modeled on durable classical architecture.

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