Washington, D.C. – House and Senate negotiators finalized legislation on Monday to prohibit the use of federal dollars to purchase rail cars and buses from China’s state-owned, controlled or subsidized companies. The language is included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which will soon be voted on by the full House and Senate.
Both chambers previously passed the bipartisan legislation modeled after the Transportation Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act (TIVSA).
Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul said:
“We are pleased to see that conferees have included the TIVSA language in the final NDAA conference report. Cutting off federal dollars to China’s deeply subsidized rolling stock companies is the right thing to do.
"We applaud Congress for recognizing that China’s rolling stock companies operate as an extension of China’s government, with clear connections to its military and companies like Huawei.
"By moving forward with this legislation, Congress is defending our transportation infrastructure against deeply subsidized Chinese companies that threaten to disrupt our manufacturing capabilities and displace tens of thousands of American jobs throughout our supply chain of parts and components.”
This action follows on the release of independent reports documenting how BYD and CRRC maintain close ties to China’s communist leadership, its military, and Huawei.