Rubio, Cotton Introduce Legislation to Prohibit U.S. Government Use of Chinese Telecommunications Companies
Feb 07 2018
Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) today introduced the Defending U.S. Government Communications Act, legislation that would prohibit the United States government from purchasing or leasing telecommunications equipment and/or services from Huawei, ZTE, or any subsidiaries or affiliates.
“Chinese telecom companies, like Huawei, are directly linked to the Chinese government and communist party,” said Rubio. “For national security reasons, we cannot allow a foreign adversary to embed their technology in U.S. government systems or critical infrastructure.”
“Huawei is effectively an arm of the Chinese government, and it’s more than capable of stealing information from U.S. officials by hacking its devices,” said Cotton. “There are plenty of other companies that can meet our technology needs, and we shouldn’t make it any easier for China to spy on us.”
U.S. Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives last month.