House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was not about to let anything get in her way when she finally knew she had enough votes to get Joe Biden’s gargantuan Build Back Better spending bill passed. She happily ignored calls from human rights advocacy groups and Republicans to at least include a provision that would block federal taxpayer money from going directly to Chinese companies that use Uyghur slave labor to prop up their competitive edge against Americans.
Democrats stripped out the slave labor prohibition a week before passing the bill, leading to ineffective outrage in having the language reinstated before passage. The bill’s original draft had the ban and specifically addressed the Communist Chinese government’s genocide against the Uyghur population.
Republicans in Congress accused Democrats of attempting to appease Chinese government interests when the protections were removed. They also said that the removal was part of the Biden administration’s attempt to deal with the Chinese about climate change.
Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL), who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that Democrats have given “the green light to the CCP” to continue their inhuman treatment of more than one million Uyghurs bypassing the spending bill. He added that the “un-American abomination of a bill” represents a fundamental contradiction for radical progressives who say they are “fighting for justice.”
A Republican source told the Washington Free Beacon that no answers had been provided by Democrats for leaving out the prohibition, even though some Republicans might have supported the bill if it had been put back into the final draft. The source called the refusal of Democrats to address the issue “truly shameful.”
Pelosi was able to get the bill passed 220 to 213 with no Republican support. Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) was the only House Democrat to vote against the measure. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) delayed the vote by a day by making a record-length eight-hour speech against the bill before the House on Thursday.