The Biden administration’s deadly race to “go green” was just forced to take another pit stop.
And this time Biden’s green policies are being checked by both parties.
That’s why Joe Biden was spitting mad after he was caught looking the other way on the solar industry’s alleged ties to forced labor.
A bipartisan group of 10 Members of Congress have sent a letter urging the Biden administration to fully enforce federal laws that prevent goods manufactured with forced labor from entering through American ports.
Biden administration is once again falling short of the law
The letter was signed by 10 Members of Congress who are all members of the House Ways and Means Committee, and the effort was led by Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV).
The group sent the letter to Biden’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Troy Miller.
They urged Miller to ensure that the agency is fully enforcing the 2021 Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA).
And they especially focused on the billion-dollar solar industry, citing growing information that CBP may be falling short of the law’s requirements.
“In the name of climate change, the Biden Administration is surrendering the United States to the CCP. By allowing solar panels manufactured with Chinese polysilicon to avoid detection, they are encouraging Uyghur forced labor, distorting the market, and killing American jobs,” Miller told Fox News Digital in a statement.
“I am calling on Customs and Border Patrol to strongly enforce the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and stop products that were made by forced labor into the United States. We have the moral obligation to have a strategic decoupling from China and their inhumane labor practices,” she continued.
The letter specifically referenced comments made by an executive at Communist Chinese solar panel maker JA Solar, which were made during a recent call with investors.
The House Ways and Means Committee received the remarks and shared them with Fox News Digital.
They must be held accountable
On the call, the JA executive suggested that ever since U.S. customs officials started enforcing the UFLPA last year, the solar industry has identified there may be some American ports where slave labor made products originating from Communist China are more easily released into the U.S.
“Any companies that continue to skirt U.S. law designed to prevent economic benefits from these crimes must be stopped and held accountable,” the House members wrote to Miller.
“In this regard, we are concerned that statements by an executive at JA Solar, a solar company located in the PRC with supply chain ties to Xinjiang, recently stated publicly that its shipments are treated differently depending on which U.S. port the products enter.”
The letter continued, “This is unacceptable, particularly if it suggests that some ports are not providing appropriate scrutiny to fully implement the UFLPA, we cannot give JA Solar or any company a free pass to import goods tainted with forced labor into the U.S.”
The letter was signed by Miller, and fellow members Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Blake Moore (R-UT), Greg Steube (R-FL), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Michelle Steel (R-CA), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and Beth Van Duyne (R-TX).
And it further demanded that the CBP coordinate “civil society, private industry and through the interagency task force to ensure all products entering the U.S. are in full compliance with the UFLPA.”
The letter comes even as the CBP has released data showing while CBP is stopping solar shipments originating from Communist China under the UFLPA, it releases most of those shipments into the U.S. market anyway.
It’s time the Biden administration was required to follow the law or face consequences.
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