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POTUS authorizing Defense Production Act for titanium sponge production


The White House

Office of the Press Secretary


March 28, 2020

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

… "…titanium sponge is being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States."

" I directed the Secretary of Defense to take all appropriate action, including using his delegated authorities under the Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.) and seeking new appropriations as necessary, to increase access to titanium sponge for use for national defense and critical industries and to support domestic production capacity for the production of titanium sponge to meet national defense requirements." …