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Wartime Production Law Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus

[quote]The Defense Production Act has been invoked hundreds of thousands of times in the Trump years. But with the pandemic, the president sees it as a “break the glass” last resort.

The law’s frequent use, especially by the military to give its contract priority ratings to jump ahead of a vendor’s other clients, has prompted those most familiar with it to question why the administration has been so hesitant to tap it for a public health emergency that as of Tuesday has killed more than 3,600 Americans and sickened 181,000.

The Defense Department estimates that it has used the law’s powers 300,000 times a year. The Department of Homeland Security — including its subsidiary, FEMA — placed more than 1,000 so-called rated orders in 2018, often for hurricane and other disaster response and recovery efforts, according to a report submitted to Congress in 2019 by a committee of federal agencies formed to plan for the effective use of the law.
source: NYT[/quote]
daisymay · 46-50, T
They're trying to squeeze out as much luck as they can while the Trump Pandemic is only killing people in states they don't like.

Once red states start seeing large upticks in deaths, I'm sure we'll be moving heaven and earth to get them anything they ask for regardless of cost/inconvenience.
daisymay · 46-50, T
@SteelHands All you need to do is watch the daily klan rallies, buddy.

But, you go ahead and make the case that Trumpansies are full of love and caring for blue states. Go ahead. I'm sure you'll convince them that they are.
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daisymay · 46-50, T
@SteelHands Oh? That seems like a very fact-based rebuttal. Feel free to go fuck yourself, douchebag.
AbbySvenz · F
We’re doing such a great job containing it 🙄
Honestly sometimes it feels like he did it to look impressive for the cameras.
SmartKat · 56-60, F
Republicans need to just be honest and admit they hope people die.
Carissimi · 61-69, F
Ouch! That’s harsh. @SmartKat
daisymay · 46-50, T
@SmartKat Now now, they don't hope "people" die, they hope liberals die. Conservatives don't consider liberals to be people.

Apparently, they also don't consider conservatives that live in blue states to be people, either, I guess. 🤷‍♀️
MarineBob · 56-60, M
Government contractors must eat also
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Graylight · 46-50, F
@SteelHands Nor would it be the purpose in this case. It usurps nothing. It gives the government more control during emergencies to direct industrial production. The Federal Emergency Management Agency describes the act as "the primary source of presidential authorities to expedite and expand the supply of resources from the US industrial base to support military, energy, space and homeland security programs."

The act will hand Trump "a broad set of authorities to influence domestic industry in the interest of national defense," according to an updated Congressional Research Service report on the act released earlier this month.
"The authorities can be used across the federal government to shape the domestic industrial base so that, when called upon, it is capable of providing essential materials and goods needed for the national defense," the report says.

The act is divided into three main sections:

Priorities and Allocations, which allows the President to require corporations to accept and prioritize contracts for services and materials deemed necessary to aid US national defense.
Expansion of Productive Capacity and Supply, which gives the President the authority to to create incentives for industry to produce critical materials.

General Provisions, which broadly establishes government authority to strike agreements with private industry, to halt foreign corporate mergers that threaten national security and to create a volunteer bloc of industry executives who could be called to government service. [quote]The act will hand Trump "a broad set of authorities to influence domestic industry in the interest of national defense," according to an updated Congressional Research Service report on the act released earlier this month.
"The authorities can be used across the federal government to shape the domestic industrial base so that, when called upon, it is capable of providing essential materials and goods needed for the national defense," the report says. source: US law and Consitution (and cnn)

A little information goes a long way.
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Graylight · 46-50, F
@SteelHands Yeah, people are doing great things. It doesn't mean more shouldn't be done and this is a way to accomplish that.

Your ignorance and bias in the post merit no reply, nor any further time. But when those "washed up drug addicts living in subway tunnels and fecal covered alleys" infect the greater population because they've been so long abandoned that there's no help for them, remember you were okay with that.

 
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