House Republicans taking over are bringing a lot of welcome changes to the body.
Perhaps one of the most important things is creating a new committee to examine the concerning relationship with China, as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy explained.
“We spent decades passing policies that welcomed China into the global system,” McCarthy said. “In return, China has exported oppression, aggression and anti-Americanism. Today, the power of its military and economy are growing at the expense of freedom and democracy worldwide.”
“It didn’t start under this administration, but the current administration has clearly made it worse,” he continued. “Its policies have weakened our economy and made us more vulnerable to the threat of the CCP [Chinese Communist Party].”
“There is bipartisan consensus that the era of trusting communist China is over,” McCarthy added.
Many Democrats agreed to this Committee and the House voted in favor of it, 365-65, with all the GOP and two-thirds of the Democrats. But that raises a big question as to why you would even have 65 people against looking out for our interests against China.
McCarthy said it wasn’t going to be a partisan committee.
“You have my word and my commitment,” McCarthy added. “This is not a partisan committee. This will be a bipartisan committee that is mindful of my desire, my wish, that we speak with one voice, that we focus on the challenges that we have.”
“The threat is too great for us to bicker with ourselves,” he said.
The mission of the committee, which was proposed by McCarthy, is to “investigate and submit policy recommendations on the status of the Chinese Communist Party’s economic, technological, and security progress and its competition with the United States.” It is being established after the growing realization in the U.S. that China is America’s most immediate economic competitor and military threat.
It’s long since time this was done, and it needs to look into all the threats from what happened with COVID to China’s influence in Hollywood and academia with tons of money. We saw just with the questions being raised about the Penn Biden Center how much money from China poured into one university and how much that can dictate action. We saw regarding the NBA a few years ago how much power China had over many people because of the reaction to the Houston Rockets general manager supporting the protesters in Hong Kong. We’re also seeing how much of a problem it is when it comes to the supply chain and issues of medications. All of that needs to be explored and disconnected so we are not left at the mercy of Chinese dictates.