White House does not mention ‘China’ in statement backing Democrats’ China anti-competition bill

The White House issued a statement in support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s COMPETES bill, which aims to toughen the financial and manufacturing relationship between the United States and China. However, the two-page White House statement of support did not once use the word “China” – a worrying oversight for many Republicans who claim the America COMPETES Act of 2022 is all bark and bite. not.

“It’s shameful [White House] Statement of administrative policy on the invoice [Pelosi] claims that a bill against China does not even contain the word China. This is proof that COMPETES is not a serious effort to combat the generational threat posed by the [Chinese Communist Party]said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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The America COMPETES Act of 2022 (America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength) has been championed by Pelosi, D-California, and other Democrats as a bipartisan push for more responsible relationships American-Chinese.

However, Tuesday’s statement from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) made little mention of competition from less than friendly countries like China.

“The legislation would complement the President’s efforts to strengthen critical national supply chains,” the statement said. “This would establish a new office in the Department of Commerce to monitor, analyze and support the resilience of our supply chains and domestic manufacturing, including through the authorization of new grants, loans and loan guarantees.”

The Biden administration also hailed the bill’s contributions to diversity, saying it would “reduce barriers to inclusion and expand opportunities for people and communities that have been historically underserved and underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics”.

Democrats and the White House have championed the legislation as a bipartisan bill in response to the $250 billion United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) passed by the Senate, but House Republicans have claimed that it was a stockpile of partisan questions. The House bill drastically reduced the funding allocated in the USICA Senate bill by removing the $190 billion assigned for technology and research, as Reuters first reported. The invoice instead understand $45 billion to strengthen supply chains and domestic production of essential goods.

Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, also criticized OMB’s statement on Tuesday, saying the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress are “not serious” about addressing threats.

“We’ve been in talks with the House and Senate Jurisdiction Committees for weeks, trying to put together a bipartisan bill that could pass Congress,” McCaul told Fox News Digital last week. once the text of the bill is published. “I urge Speaker Pelosi and other House Democrats to drop their weak, partisan bill and work with Republicans on comprehensive legislation that will actually counter CCP aggression and has the ability to pass the two houses of Congress.

“The administration supports these actions to strengthen our economic competitiveness, supply chain resilience, fairness and inclusiveness, and leadership in science and technology,” the White House statement concluded – far from the aggressive jab at Chinese economic misconduct that Republicans had hoped for. .

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., echoed those sentiments by calling the legislation “toothless” and said it would waste “billions of dollars on unrelated issues.”

Chinese staff members adjust the U.S. and Chinese flags ahead of the opening session of trade talks between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives in Beijing on Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool) (Associated Press)

“The COMPETES Act is not serious legislation – it is a front to cover up the Democrats’ reluctance to do anything to hold China accountable and their desperation to do anything to distract from their domestic crises. “, he added.

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Wang Chen, vice chairman of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China, speaks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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“For the official look of the Team USA medal stand in Beijing, we worked closely with the disability community, including current and former Winter and Summer Paralympians, in our design process. and testing, and have used inclusive design principles and methods to create gear that ensures every athlete who competes feels supported in style from start to finish,” Nike said in a press release.

Jessica Chasmar and Caitlin McFall of FOX Business contributed to this report.

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