The Defense Production Act of 1950 was passed by Congress at the outbreak of the Korean war. The act gives the president authority to require industries to prioritize government contracts for the procurement of materials and supplies that were deemed critical to the national defense. The act also gave the president authority to set up systems to allocate materials and to make them economically feasible for industry suppliers. The intention of the act was to mobilize industry to put America back on a wartime footing for the Korean war.
"...shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions." The order continues, "The secretary of each resource department, when necessary, shall make the finding required [the two indicated in the defense production act]… [and] this finding shall be submitted for the president's approval… Upon such approval, the secretary of the resource department… May use the authority… To control the general distribution of any material (including applicable services) in the civilian market."
- The Defense Production Act of 1950 was legislation. Obama's amendment is executive order.
- The Defense Production Act of 1950 was enacted because of the outbreak of war. Obama claims to be winding down America's involvement in war.
- The Defense Production Act of 1950 was focused on war-critical material such as steel and aluminum. Obama's order applies to "any material...in the civilian market."
What could possibly go wrong?
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