Prior to the Force Bill, President Andrew Jackson responded to the Nullification action of South Carolina by issuing a Nullification Proclamation. In his proclamation, Jackson stated that Nullification of a federal law by a state was:
Incompatible with the existence of the Union, contradicted expressly by the letter of the constitution, unauthorized by its spirit, inconsistent with every principle for which it was founded, and destructive of the great object for which it was formed
He also told the people of South Carolina that they should not follow false leaders:
The laws of the United States must be executed....Those who told you that you might peaceably prevent their execution deceived you; they could not have been deceived themselves....Their object is disunion
He further stated that any attempt to sever the union by armed force would constitute treason.
Although Jackson did secure a Force Bill from Congress, he did not believe that he needed the blessing of Congress to act;as President he was charged with the responsibility to enforce the law, and this would include the Tariff. He sent troops under the command of General Winfield Scott to South Carolina to enforce the tariff, and armed combat appeared inevitable, as South Carolina Governor Robert Hayne had called up the state militia to resist any federal "invasion." Jackson actually signed the Compromise Tariff proposed by Henry Clay on the same day that he signed the Force Bill, March 2, 1833. South Carolina, in order to give the appearance that it had not backed down, passed a resolution declaring the Force Bill null and void, and the crisis was ended in such a way that both sides to claim to have won.