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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection banned the importation of silica-based products made by Hoshine Silicon Industry Co., Ltd., a company located in Xinjiang, and its subsidiaries, due to the use of forced labor. 

“For months, I’ve been inquiring about the solar industry’s use of forced labor in Xinjiang,” Rubio said. “Today, the Biden Administration took a step in the right direction by banning the import of solar materials from a Chinese company, Hoshine Silicon. This, however, is not enough. The Senate must quickly pass the Rubio-Merkley Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and ensure that goods and products, made wholly or in part with forced labor from Xinjiang or associated Chinese government labor schemes, cannot enter the U.S. market.” 

Rubio is Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. 

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