WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Senator Rick Scott applauded the House of Representatives for passing his and Congressman Bill Posey’s bipartisan legislation to support American solar manufacturers and workers and to hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable for breaking American trade laws and using slave and child labor to produce these products. Senator Scott is leading the measure in the Senate where it is expected to pass next week with bipartisan support.
The measure utilizes the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind a recent Commerce Department rule, which allowed Chinese solar manufacturers to circumvent U.S. tariffs by delivering their products to the U.S. through third-party countries, all to the detriment of American companies and workers.
Senator Rick Scott said, “It’s disgusting that Biden’s actions would shield Chinese solar companies, many of which are using child and slave labor, and allow them to circumvent U.S. trade laws. Not to mention – these are the same companies that have been linked to Chinese spy balloons that surveil us. We need to be taking every step possible to hold Communist China and these companies accountable for breaking U.S. law, starting with our CRA. I’m glad the House, led by Representative Posey, passed this measure. Now with support from the Uyghur Human Rights Project and bipartisan support in the Senate, I’m hopeful it will pass overwhelmingly.”
Congressman Bill Posey said, “The Communist Party of China, which is attempting to subvert the world trade system to benefit Chinese businesses and shift the balance of power to their advantage, must not be allowed to break our trade laws, dump an inferior product into the United States, and undercut American manufacturing. Unfortunately, some believe we must tolerate China’s bad actions and remain dependent on adversarial nations to build up domestic renewable energy. That’s a false choice. The United States can and should focus its resources into developing our own capability to manufacture quality solar products and boosting American competitiveness around the world, rather than supporting China’s quest to control energy supplies. With every passing month the CCP gets closer to dominating the solar market, making it harder for Americans to compete. Today’s bipartisan vote holds China accountable for violating our trade laws and scores a big win for American solar manufacturers and workers. The United States can and should focus its resources into developing our own capability to manufacture quality solar products and boosting American competitiveness around the world and I want to thank my colleagues for advancing this important bipartisan legislation.”