The focus on China-US relations has become a prominent issue in the 118th Congress, with bipartisan efforts being made to address concerns. Senator Josh Hawley, known for his strong stance against China, is now targeting past trade decisions, proposing tariffs on China and job creation in the United States.
The Ending Normal Trade Relations with China Act seeks to terminate the long-standing trade relationship between the US and China. Additionally, the legislation will result in higher tariffs on imports from China, with Senator Hawley arguing that this move will create jobs in America. He emphasized the need for a Washington agenda that strengthens and empowers the working class to compete with China.
The bill, consisting of only two pages, is a clear and concise expression of Senator Hawley’s commitment to single-issue, straightforward bills. He criticized past policymakers’ reckless decisions that have exacerbated the problem. Four other Republican lawmakers, including Ohio’s freshman Senator J.D. Vance, have proposed similar legislation, which would allow the US President to decide if China should retain its free-trade status. Organizations advocating for American workers also support ending China’s free-trade status, as its continuation could harm US workers.
According to Breitbart News, a study by CPA economists suggests that this change would increase domestic output and create millions of jobs.