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The Chinese Communist Party’s bellicose rhetoric has reached new heights in its disinformation campaign on what caused the Wuhan coronavirus to spread.

Beijing is now threatening to disrupt the supply of pharmaceutical products it exports to the United States and plunge America into “the mighty sea of coronavirus.”

In response, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) introduced a bill to slash our dependence on China.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson reports:

“The Chinese Communist Party threatened to cut off America’s access to vital drugs in the midst of a pandemic caused by its own failures,” Cotton said in a statement announcing the bill. “It’s time to pull America’s supply chains for life-saving medicine out of China and make the CCP pay for contributing to this global emergency.”

A release announcing the bill says it would task an FDA registry with tracking drug ingredients, ban the federal government from buying drugs with a supply chain that originates in China, require drugs to be labeled with the name of the country where they came from and provide benefits to manufacturers who make their drugs or medical equipment in the U.S. The bill would go into effect in 2022.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s outrageous threats to withhold lifesaving drugs from the U.S. endangers public health and should open our eyes to our dangerous over-reliance on China in our medical supply chain,” Gallagher said. “This is a national security imperative that to many Americans, is a matter of life and death. It’s past time for us to develop an aggressive plan to move critical pharmaceutical supply chains away from China.”

Currently, most drug components used in the United States are made internationally, and that supply is largely in China. The communist nation supplies between 80 percent and 90 percent of American antibiotics and 70 percent of acetaminophen used in the United States, according to Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Tom Atoes
Tom Atoes
1 year ago

…it’s time to cut America’s dependency on EVERY chicom-made commodity…it’s (long past) time to stop using inferior, sub-standard rubbish produced by communist/fascist-controlled despots and get back to paying a bit more for QUALITY stuff made in this country and our ALLIES’ countries.

Rhiannon
Rhiannon
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Atoes

I agree, but as you can see, they cannot seem to do anything NOW! It always has to wait years to go into effect!

James Richardson
James Richardson
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Atoes

Totally agree with you. But with that said let’s not forget how China wound up becoming a manufacturing giant. It did not come over to America to steal American jobs. The guilty party(s) are the corporate heads who were looking for cheap labor and few if any restrictions on the manufacturing process. They outsourced our jobs for more personal profit to themselves and destroyed the American Middle Class in the process. Now we see the problem this has caused. We must start all over and rebuild our manufacturing processes and open new factories here in America.

Ann Simpson
Ann Simpson
1 year ago

You might consider putting some of the blame on unions who made so many demands on manufacturers that it became unprofitable to remain here.

steveo
steveo
1 year ago
Reply to  Ann Simpson

exactly!this has been going on for years as the unions kept wanting more and more and the companies weren’t able to make a profit.unions were great in the 30’s and 40’s and brought about many changes that were great fo workers.but by the time the 70’s came along they outlived their usefullness!

Raymond F Miller
1 year ago
Reply to  steveo

Just like the Politicians the Union leadership found out that they could make millions by forcing business’s to pay more in wages and benefits, which the big shots got a large piece of through dues paid by members.

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

Get government and unions out of the workplace and companies could become more competitive.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

I agree with this 100%.

Clyde
Clyde
1 year ago

James Richardson if it wasn’t for the signing of the Free-Trade-Act in 1999-2000 by Bill Clinton and our dirty politicians that made millions on this deal like Diane Feinstein (The Feinstein family made hundreds of Millions on deals with China and its Government Owned Businesses) this would’ve never happened. On the medical side of this we should all read Dr. Rosemary Gibson called China Rx. #1 enemy of this country is our GREEDY POLITICIANS

Rene'
Rene'
1 year ago
Reply to  Clyde

Agree 100%….government dirty career politicians are to blame for this BS. Changes need to be made now to be come independent from these countries as well as placing term limits on politicians. The longer they are in office, the more they become corrupt!

General Population
General Population
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Atoes

Well said

Billy Edens
Billy Edens
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Atoes

I agree, America First made sense all along.

Rhiannon
Rhiannon
1 year ago

I agree this is urgent, so what are they waiting to put into effect until 2022?! What is wrong with starting NOW?! I sometimes think that when people get to DC, their brains lose the ability to make vital interconnections! H#$%, if we wait until 2022, we could all be dead! Idiots.

BHR
BHR
1 year ago
Reply to  Rhiannon

It takes a long time to build a pharmacy manufacturing factory. Plus, China controls many of the ingredients.
It will be a miracle, if it can be done by 2022.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  BHR

Henry Ford built Willow Run in a year and started producing one B-24 a month and it peaked three years later in 1944, at 500 a month. Waive the regulations and streamline the approval process and you can do the same for a pharmaceutical company as well. With new automation technology, mostly produced in the U.S. today, the new factory would not be subject to a labor cost disadvantage, would be harder to run out of business. Especially with a President who is not afraid of placing tariffs on Nations that practice unfair labor practices or subsidize their industry. While you are at it, do the same for chip Manufacturers, televisions, airplanes, ships and automobiles. Bring those jobs home. They may not turn lug nuts on the assembly line anymore, but they could service and maintain the robots that do the manufacturing. More high paying, high skill jobs that you can raise a family on and make a good living.

Raymond F Miller
1 year ago
Reply to  Rhiannon

No the new comers are taken aside and told that if they don’t do as they are told and vote the way the sewer rats say then they will not receive any $ or support the next time they run. Thus when they see all of the benefits to being in Government they turn.

4freedoms
4freedoms
1 year ago

Wait and see the Democrazies will do everything to dump this bill. Kudos to Tom for bringing this forward, the Chinese are not our friends, they are communists.

Bob S
Bob S
1 year ago
Reply to  4freedoms

likewise… the Iranians, and Saudies are not our friends either.
We need to bring back our manufacturing to America.
It would be nice to be able to buy a car part that is made in America and has SOME reliability in it!!

Bama Bill
Bama Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob S

Well, “Come on Down”! Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Toyota, Mazda, and Hyundai all build cars here in Alabama!l We’re a “Right to Work” state and have no “UNION members” working here. The new $1.6 BILLION Toyota plants opens this year and will build up to 350,000 Toyota SUV’s. Plant will employ up to 4,500 state trained workers. I’ll no longer buy any “UNION MADE” product if I can help it! Don’t forget, most of NASA’s rockets were built here. We have lots of very intelligent workers.

John Kellerman
1 year ago
Reply to  Bama Bill

Yep Alabama made good business choices and as a result, have been very successful in attracting good companies to do business in their state.

steveo
steveo
1 year ago
Reply to  Bama Bill

i agree.as i’ve told a few union workers if they hired union workers to build their house they couldn’t afford it!

Jim
Jim
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob S

The best cars and trucks made are Toyota. My Tundra is going on 19 and still runs like a charm with 150,000 miles on it. Only problem I’ve had on my 6 yr old Lexus is a battery and tire replacement. Every American made car I owned required replacement parts and repair service before 3 years regularly.

sc
sc
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

You still have the wrong car, my daughter has a 23 year old Honda that has almost 400,000 miles on it, the key is to kept the maintenance going, oh yes she also changes the oil and filter ever 2500 miles.