Disapproving the Rule Submitted By the Department of Commerce Relating to ``Procedures Covering Suspension of Liquidation, Duties and Estimated Duties in Accord with Presidential Proclamation

Floor Speech

Date: April 28, 2023
Location: Washington, DC

I rise in opposition to this resolution.

My Republican friends continue to be in a state of denial of the climate crisis, the real and urgent sense that we have now.

Last month, in Houston, I had an opportunity to meet with two dozen leaders of the renewable energy sector. They weren't concerned about rolling back the things that we have done. They want to accelerate it.

The chairman and my Republican colleagues have spoken at length about the importance of increasing accountability for China's unfair trade practices and maintaining protections for American workers.

It is interesting, though, that these same individuals voted against Democratic provisions to strengthen our antidumping and circumvention laws and reauthorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance in the America COMPETES Act.

They all voted against the Inflation Reduction Act's provision to incentivize clean energy domestic manufacturing. In fact, 2 days ago, they voted to repeal these provisions.

This resolution would undermine America's hard-fought wins in the Inflation Reduction Act.

There are problems. No doubt, the Chinese are likely cheating.

President Biden struck the right balance by instituting a temporary freeze on these solar tariffs. This approach is how we fix the long- term problem.

Importantly, he has said that he does not intend to extend the freeze beyond June 2024 and that he will veto this resolution if it gets to his desk.

My friends on the other side of the aisle are concerned about working men and women. I would point out that the President's position is consistent with the leaders in organized labor from IBEW, from LIUNA, the Carpenters, and the Operating Engineers, people who represent these hardworking Americans, as well as organizations in the environmental community and the National Taxpayers Union.

This is a 2-year bridge that gives the solar industry the time needed to reorient supply chains away from China and produce panels domestically. We can't do that overnight, but we are committed to making that change.

For too long, the United States has lacked a cohesive renewable energy manufacturing policy. As a result, we have outsourced far too much of our production.

In 2021, there were only 7 gigawatts of domestic manufacturing capacity. That is the reality. But the Inflation Reduction Act marks a significant departure from those flawed policies of the past. This legislation bakes in domestic content bonuses in clean energy credits to incentivize the industry to onshore production. But that takes time. It also revives the advanced manufacturing credit and creates a new manufacturing production tax credit.

The Inflation Reduction Act has already led to the announcement of more than 45 gigawatts of domestic solar manufacturing capacity. Again, my Republican colleagues voted to repeal all of those incentives just 2 days ago.

Ending the President's temporary initiative here would immediately institute high, retroactive tariffs in the hundreds of percent that would hurt solar development, increase energy costs, and lead to a supply reduction at exactly the moment when the climate crisis means that we need to ramp it up.

Many of us in Congress worked for years to achieve the policy victories contained in the Inflation Reduction Act.

The clean energy tax credits are projected to reduce carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030, giving us a legitimate chance to meet the goals contained in the Paris climate agreement. We should resist these efforts to undermine this hard-won victory for America.

I would encourage my colleagues to take a hard look at the legislation and then reject it when it comes before us for a vote.


Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, I include in the Record a statement from the carpenters union and operating engineers union, who oppose legislation that eliminates thousands of jobs; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and LIUNA. IUOE Contact: Jeff Soth UBC Contact: Jen McKernan Carpenters and Operating Engineers Unions Oppose Legislation That Eliminates Thousands of Jobs

Washington, DC.--The following statement was issued today by James T. Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers, and Douglas J. McCarron, General President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, regarding their unions' opposition to legislation that will eliminate thousands of American jobs:

Last year, the Department of Commerce opened a circumvention inquiry, alleging that four Southeast Asian countries were circumventing tariffs and duties on solar cells and modules from the People's Republic of China. The inquiry generated massive uncertainty in the domestic solar market by suggesting possible retroactive tariffs as high as 250 percent. This threat resulted in a drop of 20 percent fewer solar construction and installation jobs across the United States.

President Biden took action to preserve these jobs, issuing Emergency Proclamation 10414 to prevent tariffs on any solar module and cell imports from the four countries until June 2024. House Joint Resolution 39 will repeal the President's Proclamation and eliminate thousands of jobs in the American solar industry.

``Repealing President Biden's Proclamation will result in retroactive duties and tariffs that would jeopardize 30,000 construction and 4,000 manufacturing jobs,'' said James T. Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers. ``We are not prepared to stand by and let some partisan dispute eliminate Operating Engineers' jobs and slow the deployment of clean energy.''

``The President's Proclamation saves Carpenters' jobs and smooths the development of the domestic solar manufacturing industry. Today, we're seeing the American manufacturing sector respond to incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act and develop homegrown solar modules,'' said Carpenters Union General President Douglas J. McCarron. ``Now is not the time to disrupt the solar industry and layoff thousands of union workers just as we're getting a foothold in the burgeoning solar business.''

The International Union of Operating Engineers and United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners urge Congress and members of the Ways and Means Committee to vote against House Joint Resolution 39, which will repeal the administration's Proclamation and eliminate thousands of union jobs, slow the deployment of renewable energy, and generate unnecessary greenhouse gases. ____ International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Washington, DC, April 26, 2023. To: All Members of the United States House of Representatives. Re House Joint Resolution 39.

Dear U.S. Representative: On behalf of the 775,000 active members and retirees of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), I write to share the IBEW's opposition to H.J. Res. 39, the joint resolution of disapproval regarding President Biden's two-year suspension of certain tariffs on solar imports that is expected to soon come before the committee for consideration.

The IBEW represents tens of thousands of workers who make their living installing and maintaining solar generation. This includes large, utility-scale solar developments that are currently providing significant amounts of emission-free power to schools, hospitals, and homes in the United States. The IBEW also represents over 30,000 workers in the manufacturing sector, making the supply chains that move the economy. IBEW members have been intimately involved in the development and deployment of solar power in the United States since its infancy.

H.J. Res. 39 would nullify Proclamation 10414, a carefully crafted compromise to give the Department of Commerce authority to provide a two-year pause, from June 6, 2022, to June 6, 2024, on potential anti-circumvention duties on solar panels being imported from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. The Biden Administration made this compromise in order to provide market certainty to allow U.S. companies to continue deploying solar panels while providing a bridge to strengthening the domestic U.S. solar polysilicon photovoltaic supply chain.

For far too long, China has participated in unfair trade practices and human rights violations that deeply undercut the U.S. solar manufacturing industry. The U.S. Congress responded by writing key provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, including the 45X Advanced Manufacturing Production Credit and 48C Advanced Manufacturing Tax Credit, which are providing the necessary market signals to solar manufacturers to invest in America. These provisions, along with the two-year bridge created under Proclamation 10414, are making a real difference today and will create tens of thousands of union jobs and help spur the kind of domestic production of PV solar wafers, cells, and panels needed to lessen America's reliance on supply chains from abroad.

Yet even the most significant investments cannot recreate an industry overnight. With one year left in the Biden administration's two-year pause on certain solar tariffs, the IBEW has already seen the Inflation Reduction Act's benefits, including more than 45 gigawatts in announced solar manufacturing capacity since the law's passage. H.J. Res. 39 is a backward-looking resolution looking to reopen a settled matter rather than create solutions. The IBEW has and will continue to support congressional action that will lower energy costs, strengthen the power grid, and create good- paying union jobs. Moreover, at this time, IBEW does not support an extension of the two-year pause on imposing anti- circumvention duties on Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia.

On behalf of the IBEW, I urge you to oppose H.J. Res. 39 when it is considered before the House. Please contact Government Affairs Department Director Danielle Eckert if you have any questions. Sincerely yours, Kenneth W. Cooper, International President. ____ LiUNA, Washington, DC, April 19, 2023. Hon. Jason Smith, Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Washington, DC. Hon. Richard Neal, Ranking Member, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Washington, DC.

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Neal: On behalf of the 500,000 members of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), I write in opposition to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution regarding solar panel manufacturing. This resolution will have a harmful and disruptive impact on our members' jobs within the solar industry.

Our nation's energy industry directly employs tens of thousands of LIUNA members across the country. These jobs span across all sectors of energy production including, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, and renewables. By way of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), The Biden Administration has brought good-paying union construction jobs into the renewable industry. Because of this, our members have seen a significant and rapid growth within the renewables sector, in particular the solar industry. These jobs are finally good jobs, with family-supporting wages and benefits.

Repealing President Biden's moratorium, however, will bring several solar construction sites to a halt, leaving our members without a paycheck. We recognize that the Department of Commerce's investigation found some solar panel producers committing trade violations. Of course, in time, this will need to be addressed.

This CRA resolution comes at a time when our nation is looking to bolster its wind and solar industry, steering away from more harmful energy sources. Our union has never seen this much solar construction work, and future construction work already on the books, within the renewable energy industry, and it is now all at risk if the CRA is passed.

I urge you to oppose the Congressional Review Act being marked up today in committee.

With kind regards, I am, Sincerely yours, Terry O'Sullivan, General President.

Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my colleagues' newfound concern for the environment and for the industry.

Mr. Speaker, I include in the Record correspondence from the solar industry in the United States opposing their resolution and supporting our position. Re: Please Oppose Retroactive Duties and Protect American Clean Energy Jobs and Investment With a ``No'' Vote on the Auxin CRA (H.J. Res. 39/S.J. Res. 15).

We are writing to respectfully ask that you oppose H.J. Res. 39/S.J. Res. 15. Enactment of this resolution would impose over $1 billion in retroactive duty liability, increase energy costs for consumers, cost thousands of American jobs, and hamstring efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Last year, a single company filed anti-circumvention petitions with the Department of Commerce (Commerce). The threat of duties ranging from 50 percent-250 percent on solar panels and cells from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia called for in the petitions abruptly froze solar supply chains. A significant number of domestic solar projects experienced cancellations or delays as a result.

To address this disruption, after Commerce accepted the petitions and initiated a set of investigations, President Biden issued an emergency declaration that included a temporary 2-year pause on potential duties arising from the investigations. This pause allowed planned solar projects to move forward while the investigations proceeded.

American stakeholders subsequently relied on Commerce's regulations to make significant business and economic decisions. Nullifying Commerce's rulemaking as provided for in H.J. Res. 39/S.J. Res. 15 would penalize companies, acting in accordance with the law, by imposing large (up to 254 percent), unanticipated retroactive duty liability for these stakeholders--back to April 1, 2022. Going back on this federal commitment would create a chilling effect on American business, setting a terrible precedent that undermines America's competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Passing H.J. Res. 39/S.J. Res. 15 would also stall or cancel planned solar projects, eliminate 30,000 jobs, including 4,000 manufacturing jobs, and $4.2 billion of investment in domestic solar projects. 4GW of planned solar projects representing roughly 14 percent of the industry's anticipated deployment in 2023 would be cancelled. This in turn would increase CO2 emissions by 24 million metric tons.

American businesses need certainty and a bridge to domestic manufacturing. Right now, only about one-third of U.S. demand for solar panels (including both crystalline silicon and thin film photovoltaic panels) can be met with domestic production, and domestic manufacturers are sold out for the next 2-3 years. It is our preference to source solar panels domestically, and we are heartened by the rapid expansion of domestic solar manufacturing that is currently occurring. However, ramping up this production capacity across the solar supply chain will take time, and the temporary 2-year duty pause provides a necessary bridge to the point where domestic production capacity is more capable of meeting demand.

For these reasons, and to avoid needless disruption in the solar marketplace, we respectfully ask that you oppose H.J. Res. 39/S.J. Res. 15. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Sincerely,

Solar Energy Industries Association; American Clean Power; American Council on Renewable Energy; Edison Electric Institute; E2; Silicon Valley Leadership Group; Clean Energy Buyers Association; Advanced Energy United; Coalition for Community Solar Access. ____ Solar Energy Industries Association, Washington, DC, April 17, 2023. Hon. Jason Smith, Chairman, House Committee on Ways and Means, Washington, DC. Hon. Richard Neal, Ranking Democratic Member, House Committee on Ways and Means, Washington, DC. Re H.J. Res. 39, a resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Commerce relating to ``Procedures Covering Suspension of Liquidation, Duties and Estimated Duties in Accord With Presidential Proclamation 10414.''

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Neal: I am writing to you on behalf of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar industry. On behalf of the 250,000 American workers employed by the solar industry, I wanted to share our perspective in advance of the Ways and Means Committee's consideration of H.J. Res. 39.

Barring a major departure from the new regime governing circumvention outlined in Commerce's preliminary determination on December 8, 2022, SEIA does not plan to advocate for an extension of the 2-year duty pause beyond its current expiration on June 6, 2024. However, nullifying the Department of Commerce (Commerce) rulemaking that provided the 2-year duty pause would punish businesses who acted in good faith and complied with existing law with over $1 billion in retroactive duties and undercut the rapidly accelerating expansion of domestic solar manufacturing capacity that will onshore the industry's supply chains over the next few years. Background

On February 8, 2022, a single company filed anti- circumvention petitions with Commerce that caused havoc in the U.S. solar industry. The threat of retroactive duties ranging from 50-250 percent on solar panels and cells from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia called for in the petitions abruptly froze the industry's supply chains. Industry surveys indicated that 75 percent of domestic solar projects experienced cancellations or delays as a result. This significantly contributed to the drop in solar deployment in 2022 compared to the previous year.

To address this issue and provide time for additional domestic solar production to come online, President Biden issued Proclamation 10414 on June 6, 2022, declaring an emergency and authorization for temporary extensions of time and duty-free importation of solar cells and modules from Southeast Asia. The proclamation gave Commerce authority to issue regulations providing a 2-year pause from June 6, 2022, through June 6, 2024, on potential duties arising from these petitions while the investigations proceeded. Commerce posted the regulations in the Federal Register on September 16, 2022. Impact of H.J. Res. 39

H.J. Res. 39 would nullify the Commerce rulemaking that domestic stakeholders relied upon to make significant business and economic decisions. Since Commerce regulations provide that duty liability attaches upon initiation of a circumvention inquiry, enactment of H.J. Res. 39 would subject stakeholders to over $1 billion in duties retroactive to April 1, 2022.

This abrupt and retroactive change in policy would eliminate 30,000 good-paying U.S. jobs--including 4,000 manufacturing jobs--and $4.2 billion in domestic investment. 4 GW of solar projects would be cancelled, which would in turn increase CO2 emissions by 42 million metric tons.

Temporary Duty Pause Provides Bridge to Domestic Solar Manufacturing

Domestic solar manufacturing capacity is rapidly expanding. In 2021, the U.S. had the capacity to manufacture up to 7GW per year of solar panels, or enough to meet roughly one-third of total domestic demand. The U.S. solar industry prefers to source equipment domestically and has put forward an aggressive yet achievable roadmap to reach 50GW of domestic solar manufacturing capacity by 2030. As an industry, solar is diligently working to onshore its supply chains.

A major transition is underway. The Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory's tracking of initial public announcements shows forthcoming panel manufacturing capacity totaling 42GW--on track to meet the industry's 50 GW by 2030 goal. However, building out manufacturing facilities and all the technology necessary to fully supply the solar industry will take time.

H.J. Res. 39 would unfortunately undermine this progress. Placing retroactive duties on solar cells, an essential component of a solar panel for which there is currently no domestic production, directly undercuts efforts to ramp up domestic solar panel manufacturing.

The 2-year duty pause from June 6, 2022, through June 6, 2024, is a temporary measure that provides a bridge to the point that domestic manufacturing is more capable of meeting domestic demand. This policy is working, and our reliance on foreign supply chains will lessen as more domestic production capacity comes online. Barring a major departure from the new regime governing circumvention outlined in Commerce's preliminary determination, SEIA does not plan to advocate for an extension of the 2-year duty pause beyond its current expiration on June 6, 2024. Conclusion

I appreciate the opportunity to share the U.S. solar industry's perspective and concerns with H.J. Res. 39. Many thanks in advance for your consideration, and I would be happy to visit with you in greater detail about this issue. Sincerely, Abigail Ross Hopper, Esq., President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association.


Mr. BLUMENAUER. I love the partnership with him.

Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, I include in the Record a statement from the National Taxpayers Union opposing the proposal from our Republican friends to raise tariffs on solar goods. [From National Taxpayers Union, Apr. 25, 2023] NTU Urges All Representatives To Vote ``NO'' on House Joint Resolution

39, Congressional Review Act Legislation on Solar Tariffs

Just weeks after the House of Representatives passed The Lower Energy Costs Act (H.R. 1), the House will consider a proposal to increase energy costs by raising tariffs on solar goods.

A proposed Congressional Review Act resolution, H.J. Res. 39, would nullify a two-year suspension of tariffs on certain solar panels from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, or Vietnam that use parts and components manufactured in China.

National Taxpayers Union (NTU) does not believe that Congress should increase energy costs via the Congressional Review Act.

The tariffs in question were initially imposed on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells from the People's Republic of China in 2012. In 2022, in response to a request from Auxin Solar Inc., the Commerce Department determined that some of these duties were being circumvented through the inclusion of Chinese parts on goods imported from other countries.

NTU agrees with the House Ways and Means Committee that trade policy should protect the interests of American workers and our economy as a whole. However, the initial imposition of solar tariffs resulted from a flawed and biased system. The Commerce Department and U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) failed to utilize cost-benefit analysis to consider the impact of tariffs on the U.S. economy. Solar taxes were imposed without consideration of their impact on U.S. jobs, on the energy industry, on manufacturing, or on American households' energy bills.

A more fundamental question than whether foreign suppliers are attempting to circumvent solar tariffs is whether Congress should continue to allow the Commerce Department and USITC to impose tariffs on solar goods, tin mill products, fertilizer, and other goods without first considering the impact of such tariffs on all Americans, not just the industry seeking protection.

These tariffs would protect Auxin from import competition. Ironically, according to the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory, as of 2019 most of the components and materials used by Auxin are imported. Earlier this year Auxin even asked the Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives to exclude certain Chinese-produced solar goods from Section 301 tariffs, writing: ``Removing tariffs on junction boxes, solar glass, EVAs, and solar module assembly equipment would free up further resources to hasten the expansion of the U.S. solar value chain, ultimately yielding a more secure domestic solar supply chain.''

At a time when many taxpayers are struggling with high energy prices--brought on, in part, by flawed government policies--Congress should not use the Congressional Review Act to increase taxes on American energy users. NTU urges you to reject H.J. Res. 39.

Roll call votes on H.J. Res. 39 will be included in NTU's annual Rating of Congress and a ``NO'' vote will be considered the pro-taxpayer position.

If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Riley, Director of NTU's Free Trade Initiative.




Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, I include in the Record a statement from the League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Climate Action Campaign, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Clean Energy for America, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, and Union of Concerned Scientists that urges the rejection of the proposal that our Republican friends are making. April 17, 2023.

Dear Member of Congress: The undersigned groups write to express our opposition to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions of disapproval (H.J. Res 39 and S.J. Res 15) aimed at reversing President Biden's temporary suspension of tariffs on certain solar cells and panels from manufacturers in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Passage of these resolutions could destabilize solar supply chains, harm ongoing deployment of large scale solar projects, threaten high-quality solar construction jobs, and impede our nation's decarbonization goals.

Proclamation 10414, issued by President Biden in June 2022, gave the U.S. Department of Commerce authority to issue regulations suspending new solar tariffs until June 2024 while the department proceeded with its investigation into claims that facilities in the Southeastern Asian countries were circumventing existing tariffs on Chinese solar companies. The Commerce Department subsequently issued rules implementing the delay, and H.J. Res 39 and S.J. Res 15 would nullify that rulemaking.

Our organizations support both a shift to cleaner and fairer supply chains for clean energy, as well as the rapid deployment of clean energy in order to meet the urgency of the climate crisis. Thanks in part to the expansive investments in clean energy manufacturing and high quality job standards included in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), we are now well positioned to achieve both of these goals. The administration's strong implementation of the IRA's domestic content provisions is a critical piece to further drive manufacturing buildout in the U.S. However, passage of these CRA resolutions would undermine the ability of the U.S. solar industry to succeed in accelerating the shift to more clean energy on the power grid.

The President's decision to pause tariffs for two years is providing U.S. businesses with much-needed certainty after several months of project cancellations and delays last year due to the Commerce Department's investigation, which caused solar deployment to decline by 30 percent--10 gigawatts below expectations.

We have already seen more than $13 billion in domestic solar manufacturing announcements since the passage of the IRA. While more buildout is needed, this demonstrates that domestic investment is headed in the right direction. Additional panel shortages, as we saw during the Commerce Department investigation, would once again debilitate U.S. utility-scale solar projects and jobs. And if a CRA resolution rolls back the President's two-year tariff pause, then debilitating shortages and lost investment capital could begin this year.

Beyond the harm to solar deployments across the U.S., there is the larger issue of the CRA being the wrong tool for Congressional oversight. Congress has always had the power to create, modify or eliminate rules using the regular legislative process. The CRA provides a more extreme path by repealing a rule in its entirety and preventing an agency from issuing a new rule that is ``substantially the same,'' an undefined phrase that can essentially freeze the regulatory process.

In this instance, while the Commerce Department investigation of tariff circumvention was being conducted, the administration sought to provide enough lead time for domestic solar panel manufacturing and supply chains to rapidly expand operations to meet demand, bring certainty on the prices of imported panels to the solar companies deploying clean energy, and job stability for those workers installing panels. Passing these resolutions could prevent future administrations from being able to find appropriate solutions to other tariffs and trade challenges.

For these reasons, the undersigned organizations urge you to vote NO on H.J. Res 39 and S.J. Res 15. Thank you for your attention to this matter and for considering our views. Sincerely,

League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Climate Action Campaign, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Clean Energy for America, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, Union of Concerned Scientists.

Mr. Speaker, the concern I have is that what is being missed here is the reality that we are dependent on the supply chain in which China plays a key role. We don't like it. My Republican friends don't like it. Unfortunately, they have undermined efforts that we have to try to reposition the supply chain.

The energy proposals that we have offered up are an opportunity to grow and strengthen America's capacity. Just yesterday, they would repeal a number of those provisions. Their proposal would impose over a billion dollars of retroactive tariffs on our solar industry at a time when we are trying to grow it.

We want to give the industry time to reorient the supply chain. That takes time. It is already made clear on the floor right now that the current solar industry is at capacity. They need time to change the supply chains.

Sadly, my Republican friends would reduce incentives to strengthen the American supply chain. The reality is in the past we have allowed China to have a dominant position. We don't want that.

We have offered up a variety of proposals that would strengthen and incentivize American business, but this proposal, if enacted, would punish American workers, it would punish American business, and it would set us back on our climate goals. That does not serve anybody well.

Instead, the Biden administration has offered a reasonable compromise extending for 2 years the ability to continue the course here while we reorient the supply chain.

I have a whole host of proposals if my colleagues want to be tough on China. Mr. Beyer referenced the fact that, through the de minimis provisions, we are allowing over 2 million packages a day in the United States' stream of commerce often, no doubt, produced by forced labor, uninspected, and not paying tariffs.

This is a simple, commonsense provision that we have offered up that would help change that, and we have others if people want to deal meaningfully with the Chinese challenge. This doesn't. This doesn't change the reality of our current dependence on China for the supply chain, and, indeed, it will complicate our ability to make the transition.

I respectfully urge that we reject this resolution and allow the opportunity for our industry to get its footing and make the transition that we all want them to make.

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to share my opinions, and I yield back the balance of my time.