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Bill Fails to Comprehensively Address Threats from China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting against the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, formerly known as the Endless Frontiers Act:

“I voted against this legislation because it fails to take strong enough steps to counter the real and growing military threats from China. As former Deputy National Security Advisor Pottinger noted yesterday, China is undergoing one of the largest ever peace-time military buildups in history. Meanwhile, the Biden Administration wants to cut defense spending. I appreciated the bipartisan work on the bill in committee to promote scientific research, but the final bill did not incorporate key defense and national security considerations that would counter China in a meaningful way. We should not grow federal agencies by two or three times to mimic China’s approach. Is larger government the answer to confronting China? The answer is no,” said Senator Fischer.

Click here to watch Senator Fischer’s exchange with Former Deputy National Security Matthew Pottinger at yesterday’s Senate Armed Services Committee.