Automatic Embargoes Bill of 1979
Great Seal of the United States
Long title Establish automatic embargoes against nations with war-like attitude to the United States
Acronyms (colloquial) AEB
Enacted by the 96th United States Congress
Legislative history
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 The Automatic Embargoes Bill of 1979 is a bill proposed by Republican Senator Angelo Pastore of Connecticut. The bill states that should a nation engage itself with violent actions against the United States, an embargo against it shall be enforced, with no need to be passed over the Congress or the President.



Senator Pastore introduced, for himself, the following bill:


To establish automatic embargoes against nations with war-like attitude to the United States

Section 1. This act shall hereafter be referred to as the Automatic Embargos Bill of 1979.

Section 2. The terms of an embargo, under this bill, will be the following:

(1). Will be effective over the United States government, private companies with headquarters in the United States territory and the American people.

(2). Any person, or entity, that continues to trade with an embargoed nation is subject to criminal charges and the payment of a fine, and the value of such fine will be equal to the double of the full cost, and profits, made with the trade.

(3). The embargoed country, and any of its citizens living there, will have their assets in American companies frozen, will not be able to buy from or sell to American companies and people.

(4). For protection of the American people, the people of the nation embargoed shall not be allowed to enter United States territory, and all that were present in the national territory in the start of the embargo will be granted one week to leave the American soil.

(5). It may only end if the President of the United States, with approval of the United States Congress, agrees to end the embargo.

(6). Trade of weapons, and military supplies, will only be restored ten years after the embargo has been ended by the United States Congress and the President.

Section 3. Should any country, or its people, commit a violent act, considered extremely violent against the American nation by the President of the United States, and the Secretaries of Defense and State, the country will be, thereafter, considered violent against the United States, and the terms of Section 2 of this bill will apply.

(1). The United States Congress have the right to consider the act as non-violent, and as such need to deliberate whether the act was indeed violent. The embargo will only end if the Congress decided it to be a non-violent act. For the period of deliberation, the embargo will be maintained.

Section 4. The United States Congress, with approval of the President of the United States, may declare some types of acts as violent, and as such no consideration of the President and Congress will be required if that act is committed by a country or its people, and Section 2 of this bill will apply after such act has happened.

(1). The embargo will only start once the United States Congress publishes the Act of Violence recognition, after the act has been proved to indeed have happened. It must be published in no more than 5 days after being proved.

(2). The President may call in question if an act is indeed violent, should it be put under the categories of this section, and so the embargo will be postponed until the Congress votes on whether the action was violent or not. Should it be considered violent, the embargo will be resumed, otherwise it will be disconsidered.

(3). To one type of act be considered indeed violent, it must be approved as Violent Act Against the United States and its People, with a 2/3 majority of the vote on both houses and consent of the President of the United States.

(4). Assaults on diplomatic missions are to be considered violent acts.

(5). Seizure of goods or companies or money owned by the United States government, or American citizens, by any foreign government will be deemed violent act.

Section 5. In order to inform the American people, annually shall be published, by the United States government, a list of nations, with them being considered violent or non-violent against the United States. 

(1). Such list must be published across the nation, and be available at every government facility, be it federal, state or city government.

(2). Should a nation status be changed, a warning must be issued nationwide in radio or television, should the status be changed to violent, or a update announcement must be put together with the list of nations.


  • Q1 1979 - Introduced by Senator Angelo Pastore (R-CT)
  • Q1 1979 - Debated on the Senate Floor
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