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Smith Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Resolution to Protect Workers & Stand Up to China by Ending Biden Proclamation

April 28, 2023

On Friday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) applauded the passage of H.J. Res. 39, which reverses the White House’s misguided decision to undercut American workers and domestic energy security by allowing Chinese companies to circumvent tariff penalties by routing solar exports through Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam for two years.

“The House of Representatives sent a clear, bipartisan message to President Biden today that we will not allow his administration to continue surrendering our energy security to communist China. The Chinese Communist Party’s unfair trade practices cannot go unchecked, including illegal circumvention of U.S. trade law. By shipping Chinese solar products through Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, China has undercut U.S. workers and manufacturers.

“Standing up to the CCP is a bipartisan issue, and I am proud of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who chose to put U.S. workers first. I am hopeful this resolution will receive bipartisan support in the Senate and will soon reach the president’s desk.”

Key Background:

The Biden Administration is Giving a Free Pass to Unfair Chinese Solar Imports that Harm U.S. Producers

  • In June 2022, President Biden issued an unprecedented Emergency Proclamation to allow imports of unfairly traded solar products from China into the U.S. with no additional tariffs for two years.
  • This Proclamation disadvantages U.S. solar manufacturers and workers with unfair import competition while benefiting Chinese solar companies.
  • This decision will have major implications for American manufacturers in a wide range of industries that rely on our trade laws to compete on a level playing field.
  • H.J. Res 39, the Congressional Review Act Resolution on Solar Tariffs stops the Commerce Department from implementing the Final Rule effectuating President Biden’s Proclamation and prevents the issuance of any substantially similar rule.

READ: Ways and Means Committee Takes Bipartisan Action to Stand Up for American Workers Against China’s Unfair Trade Practices

READ: Chairman Smith Opening Statement: Markup of H.J.R. 39, Congressional Review Act Legislation on Solar Tariffs