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S. 737 (96th): Export Administration Act of 1979

About the bill

Source: Wikipedia

The Export Administration Act (EAA) of 1979 (P.L. 96-72) provided legal authority to the President to control U.S. exports for reasons of national security, foreign policy, and/or short supply. The act was in force from 1979 to 1994, with a lapse in 1984–85. During this lapse, and upon the law's expiration, the authority of export regulations was continued by executive authority. Presidents Reagan and Clinton each declared that the expiration created an emergency under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and reauthorized all regulations on that basis. Subsequent Presidents extended the emergency each year by Presidential Notice, until the passing of the Export Controls Act of 2018 on 4 August 2018.

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Sponsor and status

Mar 22, 1979
96th Congress (1979–1980)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 29, 1979

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 29, 1979.

Pub.L. 96-72

Adlai Stevenson

Senator for Illinois



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Last Updated: Sep 29, 1979


10 Cosponsors (7 Democrats, 3 Republicans)



Mar 22, 1979

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May 15, 1979
Ordered Reported

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Jul 21, 1979
Passed Senate (House next)

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Sep 25, 1979
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes.

Sep 29, 1979
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Sep 29, 1979
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed Congress.

S. 737 (96th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 737. This is the one from the 96th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 96th Congress, which met from Jan 15, 1979 to Dec 16, 1980. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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