Congress claimed the following powers: to make war and peace; managing foreign affairs; Ask states for men and money; money and borrowing; regulating Indian affairs; and to settle disputes between States. Law enforcement, trade regulation, the management of justice and the collection of taxes were powers reserved to states. Lawmakers were banned from serving more than three years in Congress to avoid the formation of a political elite. Despite these restrictions on its powers, the Congress of the Confederacy achieved some remarkable successes during its short life. Some of these successes are visible in the documents linked to the right. Art. V. For a more practical management of the general interests of the United States, delegates are appointed annually in the same way that the legislative branch of each state must meet annually in Congress on the first Monday in November, with each state reserving the power to dismiss its delegates or one of them. at any time during the year and to send other people in their place for the rest of the year. . Congress has been denied the power to regulate either foreign trade or intergovernmental trade. As a result, States have retained control over their own trade policies. Until 1787, Congress was no longer able to protect production and shipping.
Congress` failure to promote trade and economic development — or to honor public obligations undertaken during the war — severely hampered its power. .