In a recent move to hold China accountable for violating U.S. trade laws, House Republicans led a bipartisan effort to nullify Biden’s decision to protect Chinese solar manufacturers from U.S. tariffs.
The decision aims to protect the fledgling U.S. solar industry that is dwarfed by China’s heavily subsidized and state-controlled industry.
The U.S. solar industry has been struggling to compete with China, and Biden’s decision to protect it further harms American businesses. It is time for the U.S. to focus on developing its own capability to manufacture quality solar products and boost American competitiveness around the world.
Green energy industry groups have pushed back on the legislation and expressed support for Biden’s emergency declaration. However, pro-tariff groups like the Coalition for a Prosperous America have supported the bill, saying it is a “commonsense piece of legislation that protects American workers and manufacturers by ensuring Chinese solar manufacturers that are illegally violating U.S. trade law are held accountable.”
The Senate is expected to hold a floor vote next week on companion legislation introduced by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Several Democratic senators have already come out in support of the resolution, proving that this is not a partisan issue, but rather a matter of protecting American jobs and industries.