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Politics Pelosi urges Trump to tap emergency war powers immediately

15:50  19 march  2020
15:50  19 march  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Pelosi calls on Trump to ' immediately ' use powers of Defense Production Act. “The President must immediately use the powers of the Defense Production Act to mass produce and coordinate distribution of these critical supplies, before the need worsens and the shortages become even more

Pelosi calls on Trump to ' immediately ' use powers of Defense Production Act. “The President must immediately use the powers of the Defense Production Act to mass produce and coordinate distribution of these critical supplies, before the need worsens and the shortages become even more

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday called on President Trump to use the emergency war powers he invoked just a day earlier to "immediately" press U.S. industry to accelerate the production of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus.

Nancy Pelosi wearing a green shirt: Pelosi urges Trump to tap emergency war powers immediately © Greg Nash Pelosi urges Trump to tap emergency war powers immediately

"Right now, shortages of critical medical and personal protective equipment are harming our ability to fight the coronavirus epidemic, endangering frontline workers and making it harder to care for those who fall ill," Pelosi said in a statement.

Trump on Wednesday had invoked the 1950 Defense Production Act — an exceedingly rare step for a president — which empowers the government to mobilize private industry to ramp up production in the name of national security.

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Trump tapped his authority under the 70-year-old Defense Production Act to give the government more power to But as Trump laid out efforts to help the economy, markets plummeted. Gone were the last of the The White House urged hospitals to cancel all elective surgeries to reduce the risk of being

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency , allowing him to build his long-promised border wall without congressional approval. While declaring a national emergency is not a common move by a US president, it is not exceptionally rare.

In this case, the target would be medical supplies and testing, as U.S. policymakers and health officials, scrambling to contain the spread of the fast-moving coronavirus, have faced shortages of test-kits, medical masks and other provisions.

"I view it as, in a sense, a wartime president. I mean, that's what we're fighting," Trump said Wednesday from the White House. "It's a war. ... It spread violently. It's a very, very contagious virus."

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Yet in a subsequent tweet Wednesday evening, Trump suggested that while he's invoked the DPA, he has no immediate plans to use it.

"I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese Virus should we need to invoke it in a worst case scenario in the future," he said. "Hopefully there will be no need, but we are all in this TOGETHER!"

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President Donald Trump has invoked rarely used emergency powers to marshal critical medical Trump tapped his authority under the 70-year-old Defense Production Act to give the government more power The White House urged hospitals to cancel all elective surgeries to reduce the risk of being

WASHINGTON — President Trump said Tuesday he was not prepared to invoke the authorities that would allow the government to ensure that the private sector can ramp up production of emergency medical supplies, despite a growing chorus of voices urging him to do so.

Pelosi is warning that any delay would be a mistake, urging the president to tap those powers "immediately" in order to "mass produce and coordinate distribution of these critical supplies, before the need worsens and the shortages become even more dire."

"There is not a day to lose. We must put more testing, more protective equipment and more ventilators into the hands of our frontline workers immediately," she said.

Her statement follows a letter, sent to Trump last week by 57 House Democrats, calling on the president to use the DPA for those very purposes.

The debate arrives as Trump and Capitol Hill leaders are racing to put together a massive economic stimulus package - the third round of coronavirus relief - to lend financial help to workers, households, small businesses and large industries affected by the downturn that's resulted from the global pandemic.

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