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Chapter : COVID-19: President Trump Invokes the Defense Production Act : April 2 and April 28, 2020
COVID-19: President Trump Invokes the Defense Production Act : April 2 and April 28, 2020
As COVID-19 took hold in the United States, President Donald Trump faced calls from state leaders and some in Congress to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA), a law that gives the executive broad powers to, among other things, influence certain parts of the private sector supply chain to facilitate production of emergency equipment and materials. Trump initially avoided the law’s use, preferring to leave state officials in charge of acquiring what they needed. The president did eventually sign memoranda and executive orders to set the DPA in motion to secure ventilators, testing swabs, and personal ...