House Republicans Continue To Prioritize Independence From China
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 23, 2020 | Committee Press Office (202-225-2761)
This week, Leader McCarthy and House Republicans introduced the China Task Force Act, an urgently needed piece of legislation to help block the attempted takeover of multiple economic sectors and other harmful practices by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). One of these at-risk sectors is the global supply of critical minerals, vital materials used in applications including national defense, communications technologies, renewable energy, infrastructure, and healthcare. China has been steadily tightening its stranglehold on the critical minerals supply chain for decades, and is now the leading supplier of many of these valuable resources, including rare earth elements.
The legislation includes 137 bills and other provisions that were recommended by the China Task Force. Proposals in the package within the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Natural Resources related to critical minerals include:
According to the China Task Force Report, “The CCP is preying on the international community’s prioritization of climate change, posturing itself as an essential partner to collect undue credit and discourage nations from responding to malign CCP behavior. The CCP claims a self-interested, hollow, and revisionist definition of environmental leadership, in which the CCP gains geopolitical clout for empty gestures while wreaking global environmental havoc for its own advantage.” In response, the report recommended for Congress to pass, among other proposals, H.R. 5859, the Trillion Trees Act.
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