The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with other business interest groups, is lobbying lawmakers to oppose the U.S. federal government’s ban on doing business with manufacturers of Chinese chips.
The senses. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have proposed a bipartisan amendment to the latest National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would ban the US government from obtaining semiconductor chips from Chinese companies – expanding provisions that prohibit federal agencies from doing business with Chinese telecommunications companies.
A letter published in Politicssigned by the Chamber of Commerce – along with groups like the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Foreign Trade Council and the Security Industry Association – attempts to demonstrate how enmeshed the US government can be with Chinese semiconductor companies.
The House and other groups write in the letter:
… adding covered semiconductors to Part B of Section 889 would harm the ability of federal agencies to procure the essential goods and services they need to promote the well-being of our nation, while exerting pressure financial supplement on companies operating in an inflationary economy.
The House’s own wares are often made in China.
Meanwhile, the American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, which takes a tough stance against China’s involvement in the U.S. economy, has lambasted the chamber and special interest groups for wanting the government to stay. linked to Chinese chipmakers.
“Even as some in Washington have become more interested in promoting Chinese priorities, it is vital that Congress put America first,” American Free Enterprise executives wrote in response to the House letter. :
At the end of the day, House auctions off Davos CEOs who are more interested in globalism than promoting American security; they want to keep spending taxpayers’ money on cheap chips made in China. They put their corporate profits – built by sending advanced American manufacturing to China – before the American taxpayer and national security of the United States. [Emphasis added]
According to American Free Enterprise, the House “recruited” incumbent Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to oppose the amendment.
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