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Conservative Leaders Say Democrats’ Attempts To Take On China Fall Flat

Yesterday, the conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project released an open letter decrying the shortcomings of the Democrats’ legislation that purports to confront the Red Chinese for their economic war against the United States and its allies.

The letter points out that instead of crafting sensible legislation designed to address these threats, however, Congress is currently conferencing the House-passed COMPETES Act and the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. Together, these two bills make up $325 billion in spending which represents largely special interest handouts masquerading as anti-China legislation.


Full text of the letter and the list of signers follows:


March 31, 2022

Washington, DC


Conservatives strongly support the need to confront the Chinese Communist Party and hold it accountable for aggression against American allies and friends in the Indo-Pacific, its theft of intellectual property, human rights violations, and COVID-19 coverup.

Instead of crafting sensible legislation designed to address these threats, however, Congress is currently conferencing the House-passed COMPETES Act and the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. Together, these two bills make up $325 billion in spending which represents largely special interest handouts masquerading as anti-China legislation.

Both bills are filled with wasteful spending proposals that do little to confront the China challenge, hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable, or enhance American competitiveness. In fact, some of the provisions would undermine America’s ability to compete effectively with China – that is, if they even address China at all.

In legislation purportedly about addressing the threat from China, there are provisions to send $8 billion to the United Nations climate slush fund, $2 billion to foreign countries to help them fight climate change, provisions of the PRO Act, which would remove the secret ballot in union organizing elections, and billions in spending for solar energy projects, among other unrelated issues. The House-passed COMPETES Act even contains a sense of Congress to implement Biden’s commitments under the Paris climate treaty – which would cost the already precarious economy tens of trillions of dollars.

Moreover, while the bill provides billions to support America’s domestic semiconductor production capacity, it includes no requirements that these companies alter their business relationship with China – raising the possibility that taxpayer funds in a bill meant to out-compete China could end up with U.S. companies sharing technology with the CCP.

Congress needs to directly address the threats China poses to the American homeland and our global leadership. This includes ensuring a robust business climate at home, creating a permanent, China-resistant economy through strategic economic disentanglement, addressing China’s manipulation and use of our university system for espionage purposes, preventing Chinese theft of American intellectual property, and fully investigating the COVID-19 cover-up.

Rather than address the legitimate issues raised by China, the House and Senate proposals currently on the table are stuffed with unrelated spending and parochial priorities. We urge conservatives to reject these proposals in favor of ones that seriously meet the growing threat of the CCP.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)


The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.

Kevin Roberts, Ph.D.

President

The Heritage Foundation

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.

President and CEO

First Liberty Institute

The Honorable Russ Vought

Director, Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)

Thomas E. McClusky

Principal

Greenlight Strategies, LLC

Alfred S. Regnery

President

Republic Book Publishers

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Chief Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute

The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio

David N. Bossie

President

Citizens United

William L. Walton

The Bill Walton Show

Resolute Protector Foundation


Ed Corrigan

Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project and President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute

The Honorable Brooke Rollins

President and CEO

America First Policy Institute (AFPI)

The Honorable James C. Miller III

Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988

Charles J. Cooper

Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan (1985-88)

Cooper& Kirk, PLLC


Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness

Rod D. Martin

Founder & CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Christina Murphy Lusk

President

The Martin Foundation

Sherri R. Martin

Executive Vice President

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Craig Shirley

Reagan Biographer

Presidential Historian

Jay Mount

President

MDS Communications Corporation

Matthew Tyrmand

Principal

Matthew Tyrmand LLC

Carey Woodruff

Executive Vice President, Foundation for American Christian Education

Ron Pearson

Executive Director

Young America's Foundation

Sheryl Kaufman

Board Member

Americans for Limited Government

Susan Carleson

Chairman/CEO

Carleson Center for Welfare Reform

Seton Motley

President

Less Government

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.

Managing Editor

ConservativeHQ.com

Gerard Kassar

State Chairman

NYS Conservative Party

Sean Noble

President

American Encore

Tom DeWeese

President

American Policy Center

Floyd Brown

Founder

The Western Journal

Jack Park

Conservative Activist and Donor

Law Offices of Jack Park

The Honorable Peter Jon Thomas

Chairman

The Conservative Caucus

Allen Hebert

Chairman

American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Richard Rounsavelle

Trustee

MRC

Jeremy Cerone

Member

Council for National Policy

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis

President

60 Plus Association

The Honorable Diana Denman

Chairman/President

The Reagan Legacy Forum


Jenny Beth Martin

Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

Lisa B. Nelson

Chief Executive Officer

American Legislative Exchange Council

Terry Schilling

President

American Principles Project

L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

Lori Roman

President

ACRU Action Fund

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell

President

The Leadership Institute

Rachel A. Bovard

Senior Director of Policy

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)


Chad Connelly

Founder and President

Faith Wins

The Honorable Tony Perkins

President

Family Research Council

The Honorable Jim DeMint

Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute

Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

The Honorable Paul S. Teller, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Advancing American Freedom


Nancy Schulze

Founder, President

RCW Speakers

Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute

The Honorable Matthew Buckham

Former Special Assistant to President Trump and Founder of American Accountability Foundation

American Accountability Foundation

Frank Gaffney

Executive Chairman

Center for Security Policy

Guillermo J. Aragon

Chief Strategy Officer

Martin Capital

Lourdes Cosio

Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell

Former National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Tim Throckmorton

President

Lifepointe Ministry

Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation

Joan Holt Lindsey

President

Lindsey Communications

Willes K. Lee

Immediate Past President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Gary Marx

President

The Concord Fund

Robert K. Fischer

Meeting Coordinator

Conservatives of Faith

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values

C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Robert Chambers

Executive Vice President

AFA Action

Richard G. Scurry

Co-Founder

Bible Literacy Project

Richard D. Hayes

Partner

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Paavo Ensio

Chairman

Universal Minerals Group

Kay R. Daly

President

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

William P. Mills, III

Executive Committee Member

Council for National Policy

Kathleen Patten

President & CEO

American Target Advertising

The Honorable Mike Hill

Former Member

Florida State Representative

Lee Beaman

CEO

Beaman Ventures

Rick Scarborough

President

Recover America

James L. Martin

Founder/Chairman

60 Plus Association


  • Democrats

  • Joe Biden administration

  • China

  • Biden foreign policy

  • COMPETES Act

  • U.S. Innovation and Competition Act

  • Government spending

  • national debt

  • federal budget deficit

  • COVID-19 coverup

  • climate change spending

  • Chinese Communist Party

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