Joint Resolution Declaring That a State of War Exists Between the Government of Germany and the Government and the People of the United States and Making Provision To Prosecute the Same, Approved December 11, 1941, 3:05 p.m., E. S. T.11

Whereas the Government of Germany has formally declared war against the Government and the people of the United States of America: Therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the state of war between [Page 591] the United States and the Government of Germany 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 Government of Germany; 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.

  1. Reprinted from Senate Document 148, 77th Cong., 1st sess., p. 20. The same Joint Resolution, mutatis mutandis, declaring war against Italy was approved the same day at 3:06 p.m., E. S. T., and against Bulgaria, Hungary, and Rumania on June 5, 1942.