MIL-OSI USA: Hinson, Rubio Introduce Prioritizing Readiness and Competitiveness (PRC) Act

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA-01)

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA-01) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Prioritizing Readiness and Competitiveness (PRC) Act that would redirect any unobligated, appropriated funds related to maintaining U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and supporting the Afghan government or military toward enhancing U.S. strategic competition with the Chinese Communist Party.

“Following President Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, it is critical we stop taxpayer dollars from being funneled to the Taliban regime. That’s why Senator Marco Rubio and I introduced the Prioritizing Readiness and Competitiveness Act, legislation that would redirect U.S. aid away from the now defunct Afghanistan government and put those dollars toward what should be our top national security priority: countering Communist China,” said Congresswoman Hinson.Until President Trump took office, we sat on our hands as China built up a 21st Century war machine and strategically overtook critical supply chains. We can’t let the progress made under the last Administration go to waste; we must act aggressively to counter the Chinese Communist Party now. Redirecting this funding to bolster our military capabilities against China in the Indo-Pacific, invest in U.S. industries, and shore up domestic supply chains is the perfect opportunity to put our money where our mouth is and meaningfully combat the Chinese Communist Party’s destructive behavior.” 

“The Biden Administration promises the chaotic end to America’s longest war will allow us to focus resources on our competition with China, but once again he has absolutely no plan,”Senator Rubio said.“My Prioritizing Readiness and Competitiveness (PRC) Act is the blueprint America needs. It will redirect funds previously meant for Afghanistan to areas toward bolstering programs that matter. We cannot compete with the Chinese Communist Party unless we invest in American research, American industry, and American naval power.”

Background

Specifically, the Prioritizing Readiness and Competitiveness (PRC) Act directs these funds equally into three separate accounts:

  • Defense Production Act Purchases Account for supporting domestic manufacturing and supply chain resiliency in strategic industries critical to national security;
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for research and development projects related to strengthening the United States’ global advantage in strategic technologies; and
  • U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding account.
     

 

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