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Rubio, Merkley, McGovern, Smith Welcome Implementation of Uyghur Forced Labor Bill

Jun 17, 2022 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), as well as U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), the authors of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (P.L. 117-78), issued a statement regarding their bill, which goes into effect Tuesday, June 21, 2022. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force released the strategy for implementation today. 
 
“Today is an important day in the fight to stand up against the Chinese Communist Party’s genocide and forced labor of Uyghurs and predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR),” the lawmakers said. “The United States is sending a clear message that we will no longer remain complicit in the Chinese Communist Party’s use of slave labor and egregious crimes against humanity. From now on, entities both inside and outside the XUAR who seek to import to the U.S. must show that no part of their product was manufactured using slave labor. Congress stands ready to work with President Biden and his administration to ensure this historic law is fully and rigorously implemented.”
 
All four lawmakers are leading members of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China.