(NewsReady.com) – President Donald Trump has recently added his signature to a few measures to help America fight back against COVID-19. In one of them, the president declared a national emergency under the Stafford Act. That declaration gave him access to a number of tools to address the crisis, including an additional $42 billion in emergency funding.
On March 18th, Trump announced he’s going to utilize the Defense Production Act (DPA) to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump says “we’ll be invoking the Korean War era Defense Production Act"
This allows the federal government "to sign contracts or fulfill orders deemed necessary for national defense" — in this case, emergency medical supplies https://t.co/eoIhtnhfq4 pic.twitter.com/nfESAHYzmp
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 18, 2020
The DPA dates back to 1950. The US used it to respond to the Korean War, and it granted the president a broad range of powers. It allows the commander in chief more control over supply chains and resource distribution capabilities in order to respond to immediate national threats.
In 2011, former President Barack Obama also used DPA powers. His administration forced telecommunications companies to provide crucial information in an attempt to stop Chinese cyber-spying.
Trump has invoked the DPA “in case we need it” as the government ramps up its response to the coronavirus crisis. The president made the decision to protect the country from medical supply shortages.
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