Recently, Rubio introduced the COVID Act of 2021, which would authorize sanctions and other restrictions if, within 90 days after enactment, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to refuse to allow a credible and comprehensive investigation into the origins of COVID-19 to be conducted at suspect laboratories in Wuhan. Investigating the origins of COVID is crucial to preventing a similar calamity in the future.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, will lead the task force. Waltz served on it last year.
“This bipartisan bill will ensure that goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) do not enter the United States. Earlier this year, the State Department issued a determination that the Chinese Communist Party is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang,” Rubio’s office noted.
The bill would have the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “clarify that it will no longer review, or approve, applications from companies on the Commission’s ‘Covered List’” and “prevent further integration and sales of Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua – all Chinese state-backed or directed firms – in the U.S. regardless of whether federal funds are involved.”
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., gave a speech on the Senate floor describing the need for strong, American industrial policy in Congress’s ongoing efforts to confront the historic challenge posed by the Chinese Communist Party.
"We do not have time for a so-called ‘China Bill’ that is nothing but a collection of half-measures and studies. Instead, an actually meaningful China bill is what we need. And I believe most members here want it, and I believe we can get to it in a bipartisan way. But to do so, I think it needs to have six things."
“The bill would impose sanctions on senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party, specifically four CCP leaders widely known to be responsible for the violations of human rights and freedoms of individuals living in Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, and Xinjiang. Additionally, the bill would follow U.S. policy of sanctioning CCP officials who participate in or lead campaigns of disinformation and political warfare against the U.S., steal U.S. intellectual property, and commit severe human rights abuses against the people of China,” Cammack’s office noted.
Rubio, who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was the author of the “Tibetan Policy and Support Act." Leahy is the chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and is the president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he was supporting the “Protecting Military Installations and Ranges Act” from U.S. Send. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Several federal agencies and departments, including the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and TSA have already banned TikTok on their devices due to TikTok’s ties to the Chinese regime.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s, R-Texas, letter to President Joe Biden requesting that he fund the initiatives to restore semiconductor manufacturing to American soil from the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act that were signed into law as part of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act.
On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter to Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian calling on him to “speak out against the Chinese Communist Party’s genocide and immediately unravel your business relationship with the genocidal regime.”