International Emergency Economic Powers Act

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International Emergency Economic Powers Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1977, that allows the president to declare a national emergency in the event of a foreign threat to the U.S. After such a declaration, the president may embargo the country from which the threat originates, and may also freeze assets or conduct other activities to deal with the situation. The emergency declaration must be renewed every year to remain in effect, and Congress has the ability to rescind it.
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