Democrats Choose Chickens and China Over American Workers
‘Today the Senate can join the House and take bipartisan action to freeze the President’s so-called Emergency Proclamation and make his Administration hold China’s unfair trade practices to account. I hope each of my colleagues will join me in supporting both of these commonsense resolutions.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Congressional resolutions:
“Today, the Senate has two more opportunities to roll back this Administration’s overreach and red tape.
“The first resolution is from our colleague Senator Marshall. It builds on bipartisan efforts to remedy a hugely painful side effect of the Endangered Species Act that is holding American farms, ranches, and other small businesses hostage to an animal called the lesser prairie-chicken.
“Americans in Kansas and Oklahoma were already striking a careful balance between prosperity and conservation without Washington meddling.
“A voluntary partnership between local landowners and officials has already secured 15 million acres of potential habitat. Since 2013, the population of this particular bird is actually up.
“But the Biden Administration wants to plow ahead anyway, throw the book at these Americans, and threaten nearly $14 billion in agricultural production.
“The second resolution tackles an issue that’s top-of-mind for many Senators: Winning the economic competition with the Chinese Communist Party.
“Last June, President Biden issued an Emergency Proclamation to let unfairly-traded Chinese solar panels enter U.S. markets without additional tariffs that should have applied.
“In other words, the Democrats went soft on China for the sake of their ‘Green New Deal’ daydreams.
“At the time, President Biden’s own Commerce Department was investigating Chinese producers for circumventing solar panel tariffs by re-routing products through other countries.
“American workers and manufacturers were counting on the results of that investigation to reestablish a fair and level playing field. And in December, a preliminary report did find that Chinese companies had cheated.
“But the Administration threw in the towel and gave China a win.
“Today the Senate can join the House and take bipartisan action to freeze the President’s so-called Emergency Proclamation and make his Administration hold China’s unfair trade practices to account.
“I hope each of my colleagues will join me in supporting both of these commonsense resolutions.”