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Youngstown Sheet Tube Co. v. Sawyer. In 1952, during the Korean War, the United Steel Workers gave notice of a nationwide steel strike, and President Truman believing that it would hurt the war effort announced on the radio that as President he was seizing the steel mills from their owners. When the case got to the Supreme Court, attorneys for President Truman argued that the President had that right in times of national emergency. The court disagreed by a vote of 6 2 on the basis that the matter should have been handled by Congress which in prior cases had expressly forbidden unilateral seizures of property.

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