U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) said Monday he has sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to include incentives for American companies to move back from China.
Specifically, Green said in the letter that members of Congress should do this through any upcoming legislation they might consider while fighting COVID-19.
“Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, many American companies had moved their operations to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), lured by incentives like lower costs and an abundance of cheap labor. However, over the past three years, the Trump Administration and U.S. Congress have gone to great lengths to make the United States the best place in the world to do business. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act slashed taxes, the President’s energy agenda has led to cheaper utilities, and right-to-work laws have made many states more attractive,” Green said in the letter.
“One of the big disincentives to American companies moving back to our soil is the cost. For many, it is too expensive and too risky to undertake an international move at a time of global economic uncertainty. However, as millions of Americans file for unemployment each week, and as we’ve been forced to make our own homemade masks out of scarves and bandanas, we need to bring our companies home.”
In his letter, Green said the country should temporarily allow American companies that move back from China to expense 100 percent of moving costs.
“And, while I’m personally no fan of tariffs, we should pay for it with the existing tariffs President Trump levied on China, as long as they remain,” Green wrote.
“The American people have suffered enough — and the American taxpayer has paid enough — for a virus they had no part in causing. It’s time to let China pay for it.”
As The Tennessee Star reported last week, Green joined other Republicans in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo asking how his department will hold China accountable for its coronavirus misinformation campaign against America.
Since the discovery of the virus in December 2019, China’s communist regime has taken extraordinary efforts to hide its origination and early spread, Green said. Green’s letter outlined China’s propaganda efforts over the course of months. These include alleged coordination between Chinese health officials and the Chinese government to conceal the spread of COVID-19 and government-led propaganda campaigns to blame the United States. They also include reported efforts by Chinese officials to silence doctors and expel American journalists from the country, Green said.
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