On September 21, 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt reconvened a recessed Congress to ask for repeal of the 1935 Neutrality Act. After fierce debate, Congress altered the act in November 1939 to re-open trade—on a cash-and-carry basis—with all countries at war and to lift the arms embargo. The Neutrality Act became obsolete when the United States entered World War II two years later.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “President Roosevelt Addresses a Joint Session,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/PA2011/PA2011-07-0021/ (September 30, 2022)
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