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A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE PRESIDENT OF THE
SITION BY THE UNITED STATES
JUNE 18, 19, 23, 30 AND JULY 1, 1941
Printed for the use of the Committee on Military Affairs
WASHINGTON : 1941
ROBERT R. REYNOLDS, North Carolina, Chairman ELBERT D. THOMAS, Utah
WARREN R. AUSTIN, Vermont EDWIN C. JOHNSON, Colorado
STYLES BRIDGES, New Hampshire JOSH LEE, Oklahoma
CHAN GURNEY, South Dakota 1. SCHWARTZ, Wyoming
RUFUS C. HOLMAN, Oregon SER HILL, Alabama
JOHN THOMAS, Idaho
HENRY C. LODGE, JR., Massachusetts
WESLEY E. McDONALD, Clerk
REQUISITION OF PROPERTY BY THE UNITED STATES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 1941
UNITED STATES SENATE,
Washington, D. C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a. m., in room 104-B, Senate Office Building, Senator Robert R. Reynolds (chairman), presiding.
Present: Senators Reynolds (chairman), Johnson of Colorado, Hill, Downey, Kilgore, Gurney, Thomas of Idaho, and Lodge.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will now come to order.
I shall ask the official reporter to insert in the record at this point the full text of S. 1579.
(The bill S. 1579 above referred to is as follows:)
[S. 1579, 77th Cong., 1st sess.)
A BILL To authorize the President of the United States to requisition certain property for the use of or
disposition by the United States
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, during any period of national emergency proclaimed by the President, the President is authorized, when he deems it in the interest of national defense, (a) to requisition and take over, either temporarily or permanently, property of any kind or character, whether real or personal, tangible or intangible, or any part thereof, or any right or interest therein or with respect thereto, whether by virtue of contract, patent, license, or otherwise, which itself or through its exercise or control can be used or is adaptable for use directly or indirectly in any way for national defense or in the construction, manufacture, production, transportation, repair, testing, or storage of military or naval supplies or other articles, commodities, materials, machinery, or equipment for national defense; and (b) to use and, on such terms as he shall deem satisfactory, to sell or otherwise dispose of, either temporarily or permanently, any property, right, or interest requisitioned or taken over pursuant to the provisions of this Act.
Sec. 2. Whenever the President shall requisition and take over any property pursuant to the provisions of this Act, the person or persons having any right, title, or interest therein shall be paid as compensation therefor such sum as the President shall determine to be fair and just. If any such person or persons entitled to receive it are unwilling to accept as full and complete compensation for such property the sum so determined by the President, such preson or persons shall be paid 75 per centum of the sum so determined by the President and shall be entitled to sue the United States for such additional sum as when added to the sum already received shall be determined as fair and just compensation for such property in the manner provided for by section 24, paragraph 20, and section 145 of the Judicial Code (U. S. C., title 28, sec. 41, par. 20, and sec. 250), but no recovery shall be allowed against the United States in any such action unless the action be brought within two years after the date on which notice shall have been given of the determination by the President of the amount to be paid as compensation.
Sec. 3. Appropriations available for the acquisition of property for nationaldefense purposes shall be available for the acquisition of such property under the provisions of this Act; and any moneys received by the United States as the