Can it be? Is Washington finally waking up to the Big Red Threat? Tuesday’s House vote is a good sign…
With overwhelming bipartisan support, members of Congress voted 365-65 in favor of forming the Select Committee on China Competition. Even Democrat holdouts conceded the importance of such a committee.
Nobody wants the CCP eating Lady Liberty’s lunch.
Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern shared concerns that such a committee may negatively affect Asian communities, conjuring former POTUS and 2024 candidate Donald Trump to make his point.
But even McGovern got to “yes.”
“President Trump repeatedly mislabeled COVID with racist language,” McGovern opined. “Such rhetoric coincided with spikes in hate-based acts of violence and discrimination against people of Chinese or Asian origin across our country. This language has no place on this committee or anywhere in Congress.”
“While I do have concerns here, after reading the resolution itself, I will be voting ‘yes,’” McGovern added. “The Democratic Party has led the way in implementing efforts to monitor China’s compliance with international human rights and rule of law standards, and we will continue to do so here.”
New House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) swooped in to quell concern.
“Those are my concerns as well and they will not take place,” McCarthy told McGovern.
“You have my word and my commitment,” the Speaker continued. “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 added.
The committee’s mission, according to 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.”
“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 is 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 added. “Its policies have weakened our economy and made us more vulnerable to the threat of the CCP.”
“There is bipartisan consensus that the era of trusting communist China is over,” McCarthy concluded.
Good —there’s much to be done.