Democrats unanimously voted against an amendment proposed by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) to hold China accountable for their use of slave labor from Uyghur Muslims and the American companies that may be profiting from this labor.
The amendment would have required companies to inform their shareholders if they engaged in activities with a Chinese official or company using this slave labor.
It would force companies to be transparent to shareholders annually about their activities with any “foreign entity” that “engages in, is responsible for, or facilitates the forced labor of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.”
Referred to as the “Muslim Holocaust” brings heart-wrenching stories of forced sterilization and abortions as well as abductions of Uyghur protestors, only to then charge them as “separatists.” All of this on top of the detention of millions of Uyghur Muslims in these detention centers and forced labor camps.
With the human rights violations that are reminiscent of the Holocaust of the early 20th century it is not difficult to see why it has been dubbed the “Muslim Holocaust.”
The Kentucky Congressman gave an impassioned speech on the House Floor condemning the actions of China as well as highlighting why mere rhetoric would not get the job done, rather economic sanctions are required.
The Congressman’s amendment would have introduced sanctions on foreign entities that used slave labor, built detention camps, or provided technology for mass surveillance in the Uyghur Autonomous Region.
It also included sanctions for foreign entities that undermined democratic institutions in Hong Kong, institutions that Beijing has been increasingly aggressive toward.
“If we are truly concerned by public companies who may be working with bad actors, particularly bad actors responsible for China’s worst human rights abuses, then burying their name on the SEC’s website will achieve absolutely nothing,” Barr said. “We need to ensure that they are referred to the Treasury Department so that we can impose sanctions.”
While lawmakers on the left and nearly all “woke” corporations that benefit from this labor decry racism and bigotry of the American people they seem all too willing to refuse to take action against the genocide of the Uyghur people, adding to claims of their blatant hypocrisy on the subject.
Republican leadership in the House has also voiced its dismay with the refusal of House Democrats to adopt this amendment to H.R. 1187, or the ESG Disclosure Simplification Act, which requires companies to disclose to shareholders their performance in certain environmental, social, and governance metrics.
Given such a description of the bill, it may seem puzzling as to why Democrats are so opposed to adopting the amendment, especially given their fervent woke agenda.
It is also important to note that China is unilaterally cracking down on religious freedoms not only of Uyghur Muslims but Christians as well, bringing to light the Chinese Communist Party’s clear disregard for human rights and human life.
Barr proposed the amendment as a motion to recommit, which would allow the House one last opportunity to debate and change the bill before the final vote and, ultimately, the passage of the bill. If the amendment had been approved, the bill would have gone back to the committee for revision.