Problem Solvers Launch Working Group to Bolster Bipartisan Efforts to Counter China

February 16, 2022 by Dan McCue
Problem Solvers Launch Working Group to Bolster Bipartisan Efforts to Counter China
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WASHINGTON — The Problem Solvers Caucus has established a bipartisan China and Foreign Affairs Working Group to counter economic and other threats posed by China and foster American competitiveness.

Reps. Young Kim, R-Calif., and Ed Case, D-Hawaii, will lead the new working group and work to prompt legislative initiatives responding to the challenge that can gain support from both sides of the aisle.

“It has become increasingly clear that China is a serious military, economic, intellectual, and technological threat to Americans and individuals around the world,” said Problem Solvers Co-Chairs Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., in a joint statement.

“Congress must remain proactive if we want to continue to compete against a rising China, protect our democratic values, and lead in the 21st century,” they continued. “The Problem Solvers Caucus China and Foreign Affairs Working Group is committed to creating a long-term, commonsense strategy that promotes American prosperity through peace and strength, and defends human rights and the rule of law.”

The creation of the China and Foreign Affairs Working Group is another step in the Problem Solvers Caucus’s ongoing efforts to counter the challenges posed by China. 

Earlier this month, the Caucus endorsed the Uyghur Policy Act, which would take concrete steps to address the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses against the Uyghur people. 

With China’s growing footprint in the Pacific Islands, the Problem Solvers Caucus recently backed the BLUE Pacific Act, legislation to strengthen engagement with Pacific Islands by increasing America’s diplomatic presence, military ties, and trade relations, and supporting economic development. 

 As previously reported by The Well News, the Problem Solvers Caucus held a bipartisan, bicameral press conference in late 2021 in support of fully funding the CHIPS for America Act, legislation that would create thousands of jobs and ensure the next generation of semiconductors are produced in the United States, not China.

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