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Kinzinger Legislation Demands Transparency from China

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Washington, May 20, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced two pieces of legislation today that would better protect Americans by demanding greater transparency from China.
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Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced two pieces of legislation he authored that would better protect Americans by demanding greater transparency from China when it comes to intellectual property, manufactured goods, and internet applications originating from China.

In an effort to give the American consumer information on the apps they wish to download, the Congressman introduced H.R. 6942, the Internet Application Integrity and Disclosure Act. This bill would require websites or persons that sell or distribute apps owned by the Communist Party of China or any non-state-owned entity in China be labeled in a clear manner, as enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Republican Leaders highlighted the Congressman’s legislation in their Emerging Tech Agenda rollout, which can be found here.  

As a member of the China Task Force, Congressman Kinzinger is increasingly concerned about the United States reliance on products and goods made in China. He has been vocal about our need to innovate and manufacture things, get tough on Chinese counterfeit products, and reduce our reliance on the goods coming from China—especially certain technologies that can be used against us.

By introducing H.R. 6941, the Online Retailer Product Origin Disclosure Act, Congressman Kinzinger is taking another step forward on cracking down on the counterfeit operations from China-based companies that steal images and likeness of American-made products, misrepresenting their own cheaper knockoffs. H.R. 6941 would require both vendors and online retail marketplaces to openly disclose the country of origin so consumers can make informed buying decisions.

After introducing these two pieces of legislation, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:

“For too long, the Communist Party of China has encroached on the American way of life and it’s time we put a stop to it. China’s involvement in (and consolidation of) so many supply chains has evolved from an economic challenge to a grave national security threat. Strong American leadership is critically needed for our economic growth and global security. With our abundant resources and ingenuity, we must do more to foster this innovation in our technology and our manufacturing. We also need to ensure our networks are secure and our supply chains are strong.

“I’m proud to introduce these two pieces of legislation and I look forward to working with my colleagues on a legislative agenda that will better protect American lives that are impacted by the disingenuous, malign behavior by the Communist Party of China and other bad actors around the world. Requiring more transparency about the products Americans buy online will allow them to make informed choices and weight the privacy or safety risks accordingly. It’s our duty to better inform the American public and protect them from these threats and other risks moving forward that come with these emerging technologies.”

To read the full text of the bills introduced by Congressman Kinzinger today, please see the attached PDF files for both H.R. 6942, the Internet Application Integrity and Disclosure Act and H.R. 6941, the Online Retailer Product Origin Disclosure Act.

 

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