THE CONGRESS: Overt Act

The question of U.S. intervention in the war rode clamorously into Congress last week on the back of the Ship Seizure Bill. The bill gave the President authority to purchase or lease some 500,000 tons of Danish, Italian, French, German, Belgian, Rumanian, Estonian and Lithuanian vessels which lie idle in U.S. harbors and throw them into the Battle of the Atlantic. In the House the bill stirred up the whole argument over convoys, interventionists called the bill "an act of war," and for the third time the German Government sent a formal protest.

Most vehemently opposed to the bill were...

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