DailyCaller reports at least two Republican senators believe America needs reforms so that it’s not reliant on China going forward, as coronavirus continues to cause damage throughout the U.S. and world.
Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri both responded to inquiries from the Daily Caller on whether or not they believe there should be a change to the way the U.S. works with China.
“Congress ought to find ways to disentangle critical sectors of our economy, like pharmaceuticals, from China,” Cotton told the Daily Caller. “The Chinese Communist Party threatened to cut off America’s access to vital drugs in the midst of a pandemic caused by its own failures. It’s time to pull America’s supply chains for life-saving medicine out of China and make the CCP pay for contributing to this global emergency.”
Hawley responded by saying that America is too dependent, which affects the country negatively on a number of critical issues. Hawley also said if items are needed in the U.S. they should be made here, not in China.
“The coronavirus pandemic has made it clear that we are too reliant on China for our critical supply chains. It’s a threat to our health, our national security, and our economy,” Hawley told the Daily Caller. “We need to take bold action to secure our supply chains and bring production back to this country. If we need it, we should make it here.”
Hawley released an outline April 3 for a possible phase 4 coronavirus package, which is titled “Phase 4 Relief Plan: Rehire Workers & Bring Supply Chains Back.” The plan aims to rebuild the economy and get Americans back to work. One proposed measure includes immediate payroll support for the duration of the emergency.
Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced a new proposal for Phase 4 Coronavirus relief legislation to help get Americans back to work and to position the U.S. economy for a comeback. The proposal includes a major initiative to rehire workers now and keep them on payroll throughout this crisis, new measures to bring critical supply chains back to the United States from overseas and encourage domestic production, and reforms to prevent Wall Street crisis profiteering.
In the proposal, Senator Hawley writes:
“As layoffs mount, the time has come for bold action by the federal government to halt the damage to American workers and position the American economy for a comeback once the nation has defeated COVID19. This effort should include a major initiative to rehire workers now—and to keep them on payroll for the duration of this crisis. And it should include new measures to bring critical supply chains back to this country from China and elsewhere and to encourage domestic production.
“The rationale is simple. Workers should not be forced into unemployment because of the government’s health measures prompted by this crisis. Workers should be able to keep their jobs, and be ready to get back to work as soon as practicable.
“This pandemic also exposed a Grand Canyon size fault in our supply chain. We don’t make critical products in America anymore. It’s a threat to our health, our national security and our economy. Americans have long known about this problem. Washington is just waking up to it, and Wall Street was hoping it wouldn’t get caught. It’s time to fix it. We need to invest in America again and protect our people. The goal is simple – If we need it, we should make it.
“If we pursue policies for continuous employment combined with bringing our supply chains back, it will super charge a recovery. Policymakers must act now to ensure that the present crisis is the gateway to a stronger American economy. It’s time to get America ready for a comeback.”
Full text of the proposal is available here and highlights of the proposal are below.