Congress tries to limit Trump's ability to ease Huawei restrictions

Bills targeting China's Huawei introduced in Congress

Bills targeting China's Huawei introduced in Congress

On Tuesday, six USA senators introduced legislation that would codify the Trump administration's decision in May to blacklist Huawei from the U.S. supply chain. A group of senators is looking to push legislation that would limit Trump's power: The Defending America's 5G Future Act.

The legislation would among other things bar the removal of the massive telecommunications equipment firm from a Commerce Department trade blacklist without House and Senate approval, and let Congress disallow waivers granted to US companies doing business with the company.

The legislation arrives as the United States has been trying to prevent mobile carriers from buying up 5G telecommunications equipment from Huawei. The Commerce Department now plans on issuing licenses so that USA businesses can sell to Huawei when the technology involves no threat to United States national security.

"Huawei isn't a normal business partner for American companies, it's a front for the Chinese Communist Party", Cotton said on Tuesday, adding that United States firms "shouldn't be in the business of selling our enemies the tools they'll use to spy on Americans". The senators still feel, as a whole, that Chinese companies such as Huawei and even ZTE with their 5G potential, pose a significant threat to US national security. A separate move by the Commerce Department added the Chinese company to the U.S. "entities" blacklist, imposing additional restrictions on American businesses. Our bill reinforces the president's decision to place Huawei on a technology blaklist.

"American companies shouldn't be in the business of selling our enemies the tools they'll use to spy on Americans", Republican Senator Tom Cotton, one of the sponsors, said in a statement. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and Mitt Romney (R-Utah.) A group of four USA representatives have also introduced companion legislation in the House.