House Republicans Urge Senate to Delay Confirmation of Biden’s Commerce Pick Over Huawei

A group of House Republicans on Tuesday called on their fellow Senate colleagues to delay the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s pick for Commerce secretary, Gina Raimondo, until the president clarifies whether he backs keeping Huawei on a restricted trade list.

February 03, 2021

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, led the coalition of almost two dozen Republicans in releasing a statement that outlines the threat they say the Chinese telecoms equipment giant poses to national security.

The statement highlights the group’s concerns over statements Raimondo made during her nomination hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on Jan. 26. She vowed to protect U.S. telecommunications networks from Chinese companies but declined to commit to keeping Huawei on the blacklist.

The Trump administration previously placed Huawei on the Commerce Department’s “entity list”—a trade blacklist—due to national security concerns.

“The fact that the Biden Administration has still refused to commit to keeping Huawei on the Department of Commerce’s Entity List is incredibly alarming and dangerous,” the House Republicans said in their statement.

“We urge those Senators who have a history of calli…

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