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The Leader’s Floor Lookout: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

  • The Leader's Floor Lookout
Here’s what to watch for on the House Floor today:   
Countering the Chinese Communist Party For the past four years, President Biden and House Democrats have failed to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable. From its gross human rights violations to its role in the COVID-19 pandemic, Democrats have turned a blind eye. Republicans are serious about China’s national security threat and are ready to take measures that will counter the Chinese Communist Party’s malicious agenda and military build-up. Speaker McCarthy announced he was tapping Congressman Mike Gallagher to lead the House Select Committee on China, which will investigate and recommend policies to address China’s economic, technological, and security progress.

In a joint op-ed with Speaker McCarthy, Gallagher wrote that the Select Committee on China will focus on:

  • Restoring supply chains and ending critical economic dependencies on China.
  • Strengthening the military.
  • Ending the Chinese Communist Party’s theft of American personal data and intellectual property.
  • Contrasting the Chinese Communist Party’s techno-totalitarian state with the values of the Free World.
H. Res. 11 establishes a Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party.
  • The Committee will be composed of 16 members appointed by the Speaker, including nine Republicans and seven Democrats.
  • The Committee will investigate and make policy recommendations on the status of the Chinese Communist Party’s economic, technological, and security progress and its competition with the United States.
  • It will have no legislative jurisdiction but may hold public hearings in connection with its investigative functions.
It’s time to build a strong consensus about how the United States will defeat the Chinese Communist Party in this modern Cold War.
Protecting the Constitutional Rights of the American People Congress hasn’t kept pace with the federal government’s potential to abuse new technology, and we need to better understand how U.S. intelligence agencies work with each other and with the private sector to collect information on Americans or to undermine their fundamental constitutional rights. H. Res. 12 creates a select subcommittee on the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the weaponization of the federal government against everyday Americans. The select subcommittee:
  • Will investigate how the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and other executive branch agencies obtain information from and provide information to the private sector, non-profit entities, or other government agencies to facilitate action against American citizens.
  • Would be given sweeping investigatory powers that include access to information shared with the House Intelligence Committee and the authority to review ongoing criminal investigations.
  • Would permit Speaker McCarthy to name 13 members to the panel, including five Democrats, after consultation with Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.
House Republicans will hold the Biden Administration accountable.