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Rubio: Biden Admin is Continuing Our Dependence on China’s Slave Labor

Dec 2, 2022 | Press Releases

A U.S. Department of Commerce investigation found that four Chinese solar manufacturers evaded U.S. tariffs by moving some of their operations to Southeast Asia. However, due to the Biden Administration’s previous decision to place a two-year tariff moratorium on Chinese solar companies, these companies will evade punishment, despite their dishonest actions and complicity in human rights abuses and the ongoing genocide against Uyghurs and predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement calling out the Biden Administration for covering for the companies at fault.

  • “Everyone knew Chinese solar companies were evading tariffs, just like everyone now knows China’s supply chains are dependent on slave labor. The only question is why the White House is going around its own Commerce Department and against my Uyghur Forced Labor Policy Act to continue to allow products made by slaves into our country. 

  • “President Biden should be focused on revitalizing American industry, not continuing our dependence on slave-made goods in the name of arbitrary climate goals.” — Senator Rubio

Want more information? In a June 2022 letter, Rubio and his colleagues warned that the Biden Administration’s solar tariff moratorium may ultimately contradict the results of the Commerce Department’s investigation.