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UPDATE 1: For the skeptics, additional info, links, sources, references, and critiques.

The National Emergencies Act (Pub.L. 94–412, 90 Stat. 1255, enacted September 14, 1976, codified at 50 U.S.C. § 1601-1651
50 USC Chapter 34 - NATIONAL EMERGENCIES
Page 279 TITLE 50—WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE § 1601
Long-lasting states of emergency

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 6433-A (November 17, 1933): Creation of the National Emergency Council

Whereas the Congress of the United States has declared the existence of an acute national economic emergency which affects the national public interest and welfare, and

Whereas, in order to meet the said emergency and to provide the relief necessary to protect the general welfare of the people, the Congress of the United States has enacted legislation including, among other statutes, the National Industrial Recovery Act of June 16, 1933 (Public No. 67, 73d Congress), the Agricultural Adjustment Act of May 12, 1933 (Public No. 10, 73d Congress) and the Federal Emergency Relief Act of May 12, 1933 (Public No. 15, 73d Congress); and

Whereas it is deemed expedient and necessary that an organization be created for the purpose of coordinating and making more efficient and productive the work of the numerous field agencies of the Government established under, and for the purpose of carrying into, effect, the provisions of the said legislation;

Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the aforesaid legislation, there is hereby created an organization which shall be known as the National Emergency Council, at the head of which shall be an Executive Director who shall be appointed by the President and shall receive a salary to be fixed by him at not to exceed $10,000.00 per annum. The Council shall be composed of the following and such other members as the President may designate:

The Secretary of the Interior (Administrator of Public Works)
The Secretary of Agriculture
The Secretary of Commerce
The Secretary of Labor
The Administrator of Agricultural Adjustment
The Administrator of Federal Emergency Relief
The Administrator for Industrial Recovery
The Chairman of the Home Owners Loan Corporation
The Governor of the Farm Credit Administration
A representative of the Consumers' Council

The members of the Council shall act in a capacity advisory to the President and the Executive Director and shall serve without compensation.

The functions and duties of the Council shall be prescribed by the President, and such rules and regulations as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes for which the Council is created shall be prescribed by the Executive Director and approved by the President.

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Congressional Research Service:

Harold C. Relyea (Specialist in American National Government, Government and Finance Division), Congressional Research Service, The Library of Congress, CRS Report for Congress:
1. Order Code 98-505 GOV: National Emergency Powers (Updated September 18, 2001)
2. Order Code RS21017: Terrorist Attacks and National Emergencies Act Declarations (Updated January 7, 2005)

WikiLeaks: CRS: Presidential Emergency Powers: The So-Called "War Powers Act of 1933", August 20, 1996

PDF: http://wlstorage.net/file/crs/95-753.pdf
TXT: http://wlstorage.net/file/crs/95-753.txt

Wikileaks release: February 2, 2009

Publisher: United States Congressional Research Service

Title: Presidential Emergency Powers: The So-Called "War Powers Act of 1933"

CRS report number: 95-753
Author(s): David M. Ackerman, American Law Division
Date: August 20, 1996

Abstract

The "War Powers Act of 1933" is a name given by some members of the militia and patriot movement to emergency banking legislation passed in 1933 five days after President Roosevelt came into office. It has apparently been so labeled by some because the banking legislation amended the "Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917" in order to give legal underpinning to President Roosevelt's efforts to cope with the banking crisis. It is alleged by its modern-day critics that by that amendment the government in effect declared war on the American people and began a reign of unconstitutional rule through President emergency powers. These allegations overlook the facts that the amendment of the Trading with the Enemy Act has subsequently been repealed, but the powers exercised pursuant to President Roosevelt's proclamation of national emergency have been terminated, and that the President's exercise of emergency powers is now regulated under the "National Emergencies Act."

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CRITIQUE:

Government by Permanent Emergency: The Forgotten History of the New Deal Constitution by Roger I. Roots (Suffolk University Law Review 2000: 33 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 259)

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Senate Report 94-549: Special Committee on the Termination of the National Emergency, 93rd Congress (1973-1975)

Senate Report 93-549
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Senate Report 93-549 was a document issued by the "Special Committee on the Termination of the National Emergency" of the 93rd Congress (Hence the "93" in the name) (1973 to 1975). Its purpose was to discuss and address the 40 year long state of emergency that had been in effect in the United States since 1933. During the continued state of emergency, Congress voted to transfer powers from Congress to the President. The debate to end long-running states of National Emergency was ended in 1976 with the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601-1651), which limits any such declared emergencies to two years.

Emergency Powers Statutes (Senate Report 93-549)

In this 1973 official report, the U.S. Senate admits that the Emergency Powers given to the President under the pretense of the National Emergency of 1933 have remained in force and that the normal function of the Federal government has been suspended.

93d Congress
SENATE
Report No. 93-549
1st Session

EMERGENCY POWERS STATUTES:

PROVISIONS OF FEDERAL LAW NOW IN EFFECT DELEGATING TO THE EXECUTIVE EXTRAORDINARY AUTHORITY IN TIME OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE TERMINATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNITED STATES SENATE NOVEMBER 19, 1973
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1973
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SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE TERMINATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY

FRANK CHURCH, Idaho Co-Chairman
PHILIP A. HART, Michigan
CLAIBORNE PELL, Rhode Island
ADLAI E. STEVENSON III, Illinois CHARLES McC MATHIAS, Jr., Maryland
CLIFFORD P. CASE, New Jersey
JAMES B. PEARSON, Kansas
CLIFFORD P. HANSEN, Wyoming
WILLIAM G. MILLER, Staff Director
THOMAS A. DINE, Professional Staff

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