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    Bill To Protect U.S. Solar Panel Makers From Chinese Competition Vetoed By Biden

    May 17, 2023

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    After instituting an executive action last year that ordered the Department of Commerce not to enforce tariffs on Chinese solar panel manufacturers for 2 years, President Joe Biden on Tuesday vetoed a bipartisan measure that would have reversed his executive action.

    According to Biden, the legislation which was backed by Democrats in the House and Senate, "bets against American innovation." The president's executive action last year was designed to protect U.S. companies and to facilitate investment in American solar panel production capabilities, according to a report from Fox News.

    "Passage of this resolution bets against American innovation," Biden said in a statement. "It would undermine these efforts and create deep uncertainty for American businesses and workers in the solar industry. Therefore, I am vetoing this resolution," he added.

    Biden also noted that he does not "intend to" extend the tariff executive action upon its expiration next June.

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    The executive action came after the Commerce Department previously announced that it would be investigating whether or not Chinese solar panel manufacturers were sending panels through Southeast Asian countries to avoid U.S. tariffs. The investigation found in December that 4 major solar companies had routed panels through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia to avoid tariffs.

    The Commerce Department's final findings are expected to be released this month.

    As a result of the December findings, Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) led a group of bipartisan lawmakers along with Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) to introduce a measure to remove Biden's January executive action. The lawmakers argued that tariffs were critical for protecting the young U.S. solar industry. Companion legislation was also introduced by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and was co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

    The resolution uses the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to revoke federal regulations. The measure passed the House by 221-202 in April and the Senate with a 56-41 vote in May.

    On Tuesday Kildee said of Biden's action, "I am disappointed that President Biden vetoed this important legislation," adding, "Failing to stand up to those who engage in unfair trade practices hurts American workers and manufacturers. our workers and businesses will never be able to compete globally unless we hold those who violate U.S. trade laws accountable."

    "The president's position, and today's veto, fails to hold China accountable and hurts American workers," he said.

    "Congress passed this bipartisan resolution with strong support from Republicans and Democrats. Now that the president has vetoed this bill, Congress should once again vote to override today's veto without delay," Kildee concluded.

    According to the International Energy Agency, China dominates over 80% of the solar panel industry and controls the supply chain in all stages of the manufacturing process.



    Jen Snow

    Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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    KS Man

    Anybody who thinks that Biden is not owned by the CCP has his head in the sand.


    Not in the sand...somewhere else.


    What else did you expect from an employee of the CCP??????


    FJB undermines American prosperity at every opportunity. That's a fact, Jack.

    You gonna eat that?

    C'mon man we are all Global Citizens. Only in other countries do countries and borders exist!

    You gonna eat that?

    Listing those in congress who voted for and against these bills would be nice. We used to see that type of reporting but apparently journalism is a lost art. Knowing that their names and voting record will be publicly disseminated for all citizens to see would add some level of accountability when making those choices and flipping the lever up or down. I suppose congress will ban that info as well at some point considering all the efforts made to keep election data hidden from citizens by both parties.


    China Joe has to go... He needs a Cuban Necktie for his next celebration.


    China has senile, little girl fondling Joe Biden in their back pocket. He will do whatever China says.


    When are they going to stop fin around with the corrupt democrats DOJ and FBI & get rid of this fin Chinese spy!


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