MIL-OSI USA: ICYMI: Tenney Joins Letter Urging Biden Administration to Reverse Decision to Waive Tariffs on Solar Panels Made with Chinese-Produced Components

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22)

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) highlighted a letter she recently joined her colleagues in sending to President Biden urging the administration to reverse its decision to waive tariffs on solar panels potentially manufactured with Chinese-produced components.

In early June, the Biden Administration announced it would waive tariffs on solar panels produced in the Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The decision to waive these tariffs comes in the middle of a months-long U.S. Department of Commerce investigation into whether the Chinese government is actively circumventing antidumping and countervailing duties as part of their production and distribution of solar cells and modules. This means that the United States could import solar panels containing components produced with forced labor from Uyghurs and other minority groups in China.

“Once again, President Biden is projecting weakness on the international stage. Unfortunately, refusing to stand up to China and its malign activities will hurt our domestic manufacturers the most. I urge the Administration, in the strongest of terms, to reconsider and reverse this decision immediately,” said Tenney.

“Your decision to provide amnesty for China to violate our trade law penalizes American workers and our domestic solar manufacturing industry, which is harmed by China’s non-market subsidization of the solar supply chain, intellectual property theft, inhumane forced labor practices, and environmental abuses,” the lawmakers wrote in part.

The full text of the letter is available here.

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