Congressman Mark Schauer
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Schauer announces legislation to block Chinese goods from U.S. government contracts
Chinese-made promotional materials for U.S. Census demonstrate how unfair trade policies hurt American workers, business
Today Congressman Mark Schauer (D-MI) announced legislation he’s planning to introduce that would block Chinese goods from U.S. government contracts until American companies are treated fairly in China. At a press conference this morning, Schauer pointed out promotional materials for the U.S. Census that were made in China as an example of how unfair trade agreements are hurting American businesses and workers.
“The goal of the Census is to perform an accurate head count of American citizens to ensure our communities get their fair share from Washington,” said Schauer. “While I fully support this effort, it’s shameful that our tax dollars are being spent on promotional materials that were made in China instead of being produced by American businesses and workers. That’s why I’m introducing legislation to stop Chinese firms from bidding on U.S. government contracts until our companies are treated fairly in China.”
Currently, goods that were produced by Chinese firms are being used for state and federal government contracts in the Unitedd States across multiple industries – such as manufacturing, construction and renewable energy – instead of goods prod uced by American workers and businesses. Schauer’s bill would level the playing field for American businesses and make sure taxpayer-funded projects create jobs in America, not China.
According to a recent report from the Economic Policy Institute, 2.4 million American jobs have been lost or displaced as a result of the burgeoning trade deficit with China since it joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. During that time, the State of Michigan lost 67,800 jobs, including 4,700 in the 7th district alone, due to unfair trade with China.