Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 10, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding the time.

I rise in strong opposition to H. Res. 11, which would create a select committee on China. The only reason why we are creating this select committee on China is because extremist MAGA Republicans in last week's circular firing squad election for Speaker, the Speaker had to promise to allow creation of this committee.

We have watched China rise. We know their activities. We know what kind of competition they pose to our economy, national security, intellectual property, human rights, all of these issues. We know where we stand with China, and each of those issues are covered by committees of jurisdiction that exist right now. Any investigation that is done can be done through the existing committees.

So why are we creating this committee?

I fear that it is to create a platform to unleash anti-Asian hate and division. This committee should not be used as an open invitation to engage and traffic in blatantly xenophobic anti-Asian rhetoric that we know historically results in violence against the Asian people in this country.

That is the reason why I oppose the creation of this select committee.