Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11) this week said his chamber’s recently passed America COMPETES Act does not hold China accountable for trade abuses and human rights violations, per the bill’s original intent.
Loudermilk, in a podcast, said Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) and other members of the far Left hijacked the bill. Loudermilk said the Left then added what the congressman called a wish list of socialist items.
“It is chock full of weird and unrelated provisions that appear to have been accidentally cut and pasted from other pieces of legislation, and it has partial sentences and unfinished texts that don’t even make sense,” Loudermilk said.
Bipartisan members of the Foreign Affairs Committee worked on the bill. The legislation is otherwise known as the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (America COMPETES) Act.
“Then, last week, Speaker Pelosi took control of the bill and turned it into a 2,900-page monstrosity and, just as she has done on countless occasions, stripped it right out of committee, bypassing any bipartisan input, shut down all Republicans, rewrote the bill and rushed it to the House floor,” Loudermilk said on his podcast.
“They were so rushed to get this huge bill to the floor before anybody had a chance to read any of the provisions.”
Among other things, Loudermilk said that the bill calls to remove the Olympics from Beijing. This, even though the bill won’t get out of the Senate before the Olympics have already started in Beijing. The bill also specifies that the U.S. military must require troops to combat climate change events, Loudermilk said.
Representative Madeleine Dean (D-PA-04) said the bill, if enacted into law, would strengthen supply chains and manufacturing at home with $45 billion.
The bill would also provide $52 billion to support U.S. production of semiconductors — a key component in consumer electronics, cars, healthcare, defense systems and other key products.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star and The Georgia Star News. Follow Chris on Facebook, Twitter, Parler, and GETTR. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Barry Loudermilk” by U.S. House Office of Photography. Background Photo “U.S. Capitol Building” by Carol M. Highsmith.