On March 27, 1941, Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act, which had been passed easily in votes that generally followed party lines, with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting the president. “We buy. do not lend it. We are buying our own security while we prepare,” War Minister Henry L. Stimson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Because of our backwardness over the past six years, while Germany was preparing, we are not prepared and disarmed in the face of a well-prepared and armed potential enemy. In mid-December 1940, Roosevelt introduced a new political initiative where the United States would lend military supplies to Britain for the fight against Germany instead of selling them. Payment for deliveries would be deferred and could come in any form Roosevelt deemed satisfactory.