IN CASE YOU MISSED IT… Sen. Rick Scott in Fox News: China's spying is out of control: Get the CCP's drones out of US skies
March 8, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed in Fox News slamming the Biden administration’s negligent approach to combatting Communist China’s surveillance of Americans. For years, Senator Scott has sounded the alarm and fought to pass legislation to combat and eliminate the risk that Chinese-made drones pose to America’s national security. Senator Scott recently refiled his bipartisan American Security Drone Act, which prohibits the federal government from buying Chinese-made drones, and is fighting to quickly get this good bill signed into law.
In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “United States may have shot down one of Communist China’s spy balloons, but America’s problem of surveillance from foreign powers is far from destroyed.
We are right to be upset about this, and demand action in response, but that balloon is just a small piece of Communist China’s massive surveillance effort targeting you, our military and American businesses. The harsh reality is that the Chinese Communist Party has been surveilling the United States for years using drones purchased with your taxpayer dollars and operated by your federal government.
As if the army of Chinese drones being operated by the feds isn’t bad enough, the U.S. government continues to stand idly by while Chinese-made drones from companies like Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) and Autel Robotics completely dominate the civilian drone market, with DJI producing over 50% of the drones on the marketplace alone.
We’ve made progress, but I won’t stop until every single Chinese-made drone is ripped from the inner workings within our government and replaced with drones made in the United States of America. I’ve introduced the American Security Drone Act to prohibit the U.S. government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats, like Iran and Communist China. Then my Countering CCP Drones Act is the next step to ensure that federal funds from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cannot be used to obtain communications equipment and services produced or provided by DJI.
America is faced with a choice.
We can sell out to Communist China, choosing the cheaper, easier, convenience of Chinese-made drones while ignoring the long-term consequences and risks. Or we can choose to put America first. The choice is ours.”
Read the full op-ed in Fox News HERE.