Eshoo, Scalise Celebrate Committee Passage of Bill Protecting U.S. Telecom Networks Against Chinese National Security Threats
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) applauded the Energy and Commerce Committee for passing their Secure Equipment Act of 2021, legislation they introduced last month prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reviewing or issuing new equipment licenses to companies on the FCC’s “Covered Equipment or Services List” that pose a national security threat. Committee approval allows this legislation to now move to the House Floor for a vote by the full chamber.
The Secure Equipment Act would prevent equipment manufactured by Chinese state-backed firms such as Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua from being further utilized and marketed in the United States. This legislation adds an extra layer of security that slams the door on Chinese actors from having a presence in the U.S. telecommunications network.
“I’ve fought for over a decade to address vulnerabilities in our telecommunications infrastructure that directly impact our national security. Equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, companies linked to the Chinese government, increase the vulnerabilities of our telecommunication systems and put the U.S. at risk. Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee took an important step by advancing my bipartisan legislation that directs the FCC to prohibit U.S. telecommunications companies from using equipment manufactured by companies that pose a national security threat,” said Rep. Eshoo. “I’m proud to have worked with Rep. Scalise to advance this important legislation that will further strengthen U.S. telecom networks and make our nation safer.”
“I am happy that the Energy and Commerce Committee passed my bill, H.R. 3919, the Secure Equipment Act, which will prevent China from compromising America’s telecommunications network and threatening the safety and national security of the American people. This bipartisan legislation that I introduced with Rep. Eshoo strengthens our national security and sends a strong signal to the Chinese Communist Party that America is committed to securing our networks and protecting the privacy and safety of our citizens. I look forward to seeing this bill move to the floor for a vote by the full House,” said Whip Scalise.