WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following news of a decision by the Biden administration to place new restrictions on Chinese companies guilty of using Uyghur forced labor in their manufacturing process of raw materials used for solar panels.
In March, Senator Scott led his colleagues in introducing the Keep China Out of Solar Energy Act, which would prohibit federal funds from being used to buy solar panels manufactured or assembled in Communist China, specifically the Xinjiang province, which is known for its use of forced labor.
Senator Rick Scott said, “I am glad to see action by the Biden administration recognizing the connection between Communist China’s solar panel production and the genocide it is committing in Xinjiang. No company using Uyghur forced labor in its supply chains should be allowed to sell its products in the United States, and while this action is welcomed, we must go further. Congress must immediately pass my Keep China Out of Solar Energy Act and I urge President Biden and his administration to put their full support behind this legislation. Washington must work to make sure no taxpayer dollars are used to prop up the Communist Party of China and its horrific human rights abuses.”