House Readies for a Tangle Over Competition

Good Friday afternoon from snowy Washington, D.C.

House Democratic leaders are planning to bring their version of a competitiveness package to target China for a vote next week, kicking off a process to rectify differences with a Senate bill that passed over the summer.

The sweeping legislation, released Tuesday night, touches on everything from semiconductor production to research on marine mammals to human rights provisions. Lawmakers hope it will boost American industries and innovation while undercutting China’s role on the international stage.

But the House bill varies from the Senate in key ways, and it has received fire from House Republicans frustrated with Democrats for adding controversial provisions without committee consideration. The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, slammed the legislation this week as “hyperpartisan,” adding that it has no chance of becoming law.

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