As health professionals and leaders around the nation rush to procure the supplies Americans need to combat coronavirus, we ask: Is the Defense Production Act being underutilized? So we put that question up for debate, featuring Thomas Spoehr, an expert on national defense policy at The Heritage Foundation, who argued that the DPA should be used with surgical precision, while his opponent was historian and author Margaret O’Mara. But before you dive into the debate, you might be asking: How has the law been used over the years? And how does it fit into the current crisis? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Listen to the full debate “The Defense Production Act Is Being Underutilized” below, and cast your vote here.