Senate Report 93-549
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.
The report primarily consists of the history of the national state of emergency and examples of Congressional acts that transferred powers to the President.
The US Senate Report states: "That since March 09, 1933 the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency."
"A majority of the people of the United States have lived all of their lives under emergency rule. For 40 years, freedoms and governmental procedures guaranteed by the Constitution have, in varying degrees, been abridged by laws brought into force by states of national emergency."
This report has been used in opposition to the war on terror under George W. Bush's presidency. Often, it is portrayed as a current report written by the current sitting Congress. It is frequently mentioned by conspiracy theories.
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