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Federal Relations: Young: U.S. Must Respond Strategically to China’s Economic Aggression; Donnelly Pushes Bipartisan Appropriations Measure

2018-08-27T13:54:19+00:00August 27th, 2018|

– Last week, U.S. Senator Todd Young highlighted the dangers of China’ economic practices. Young, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is leading bipartisan efforts to require a National Economic Security Strategy.

“Our national security rests on an economic foundation, and predatory economic practices by China have undermined that foundation for years – leaving Hoosiers and all Americans dangerously exposed,” Senator Young wrote. “I applaud the Trump administration for highlighting China’s economic aggression and the need to respond. Now, it is time to develop and implement a National Economic Security Strategy that focuses on China’s predatory economic practices and protects the prosperity and security of Americans.”

Leading experts and policymakers have endorsed Senator Young’s bipartisan legislation. Read Young’s full op-ed here.

– Senator Young chaired a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during which five nominees were considered for confirmation, including Kip Tom of Leesburg, an Indiana Chamber board member. Tom is nominated to be Ambassador and U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture; watch his introductory remarks. Both Young and Sen. Joe Donnelly spoke in support of Tom’s nomination.

– On Thursday, Sen. Donnelly helped the Senate pass a bipartisan appropriations bill that would fund multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. The bill includes Donnelly’s bipartisan amendment that he introduced with Senator Mike Crapo (ID), which would provide $1 million in funding for implementation of Trevor’s Law. Donnelly has been pressing the Trump administration to fully implement Trevor’s Law as it could be valuable in investigating potential cancer clusters in communities such as Franklin in Johnson County.

Also, the bill would double the current level of funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s efforts to reduce childhood lead poisoning, which could benefit communities like East Chicago that have been impacted by lead contamination. The funding would help in efforts to lower children’s blood lead levels, preventing future harm. It would help educate health care providers and the public about lead poisoning, monitor childhood blood lead levels and provide funding to states for childhood lead poisoning prevention initiatives.

Resource: Greg Ellis at (317) 264-6881 or email: gellis@indianachamber.com