DECLARATION OF STATE OF WAR WITH JAPAN
The Senate having returned to its chamber (at 12 o’clock and 47 minutes
p. m.), it reassembled and the Vice President resumed the chair.
Mr. BARKLEY. I suggest the absence of a quorum.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The clerk will call the roll. The legislative clerk
called the roll.
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The VICE PRESIDENT. Eighty-two Senators have answered to their
names. A quorum is present.
Mr. CONNALLY. Mr. President, I introduce a joint resolution, and ask for
its immediate consideration without reference to a committee.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The joint resolution will be read.
The joint resolution (S. J. Res. 116) declaring that a state of war
exists between the Imperial Government of Japan and the Government and
the people of the United States, and making provision to prosecute the
same, was read the first time by its title, and the second time at
length, as follows:
“Whereas the Imperial Government of Japan has committed unprovoked acts
of war against the Government and the people of the United states of
“Therefore be it
“Resolved, etc., That the state of war between the United states and the
Imperial Government of Japan which has thus been thrust upon the United
States is hereby formally declared; and the President is hereby
authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces
of the United States and the resources of the Government to carry on war
against the Imperial Government of Japan; and to bring the conflict to a
successful termination, all of the resources of the country are hereby
pledged by the Congress of the United states.”
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The VICE PRESIDENT. The joint resolution having been read three times
the question is, Shall it pass?
On that question the yeas and nays have been demanded and ordered. The
clerk will call the roll.
The Chief Clerk proceeded to call the roll.
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The result was announced: Yeas 82, nays, 0.
So the joint resolution was passed.