What does the Defense Production Act actually do?

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    SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
    What is the Defense Production Act?
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/24/politics/defense-production-act-coronavirus/index.html

    The Defense Production Act of 1950: History, Authorities, and Considerations for Congress
    https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43767.pdf

    In Portland Hospitals, “N95 Masks Are Like Gold”
    https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/03/25/in-portland-hospitals-n95-masks-are-like-gold/

    Pressure mounts for Trump to actually use Defense Production Act
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/politics/defense-production-act-trump/index.html

    Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-vice-president-pence-members-coronavirus-task-force-press-briefing-8/

    Trump invokes Defense Production Act to require GM to make ventilators
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/politics/general-motors-ventilators-defense-production-act/index.html

    March 27 coronavirus news
    https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-27-20-intl-hnk/h_7f5ff54e40c08e072d484863f4f03759

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