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May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON—Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (IN), Rep. Mary Miller (IL), Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN) and other RSC members gathered outside the Capitol to discuss the introduction of Rep. Debbie Lesko’s (AZ) “Women’s Bill of Rights” resolution to reaffirm legal protections for women.

Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), Cynthia Lummis (WY) and Ted Cruz (TX) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.   

Rep. Debbie Lesko said: “I am proud to introduce the Women’s Bill of Rights to affirm the importance of acknowledging women and their unique and distinguishing characteristics and contributions to our nation. As the Left continues to erase women, we must fight for women and their place in our society. Whether it’s keeping the word “mother” in written law or ensuring women’s domestic violence shelters do not have to accept biological men, we must stand up for women.”

 

RSC Chairman Jim Banks “The modern Democrat party has put the Left’s woke agenda before the rights of women. These days, Democrats refuse to even admit women exist or recognize them as unique beings, with unique abilities. While radical liberals strip away the progress and protections that generations of women fought to achieve, Republicans must fight back and acknowledge these basic biological truths. As the father of three daughters, I’m proud to co-lead this resolution reaffirming the legal protections afforded to them under federal law.”

 

Rep. Mary Miller said: “I will never be afraid to speak out in defense of our daughters, who need adults in leadership positions who are not afraid of being criticized by radical leftists. The answer to the question “what is a woman” has been clear for the entire history of our civilization, and it has not changed since Genesis. The radical left has launched an attack on biology because they want to put themselves above God, and they want to brainwash our daughters with their "wokeism." That’s why today, we are unveiling the Women’s Bill of Rights in order to legally define what it means to be a woman. I am doing this on behalf of my 5 daughters, and all women. This common-sense document will help codify our common understanding and the reality we all know of the words ‘female,’ ‘woman,’ and ‘sex’, and I am proud to support it.” 

 

Rep. Diana Harshbarger said: “To me, being a woman means having the profound honor to be a mother, grandmother, female business owner, and now Congresswoman. I am proud of this Women’s Bill of Rights Resolution because it sends a clear message that Congress must protect our future generations of female leaders from being stripped of measures meant to support their success, protect their safety, and allow for earned opportunity.”

 

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said: “The radical left chips away at women’s rights each time they disregard biological differences between males and females.  This resolution reaffirms those unique differences, and seeks to protect women’s rights whether it is in athletics, prisons, or domestic violence shelters.”

 

House leads 

Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ) - lead 

Rep. Jim Banks (IN) - co-lead 

Rep. Mary Miller (IL) - co-lead 

Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN) - co-lead 

 

House original cosponsors  

Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY) 

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO) 

Rep. Victoria Spartz (IN) 

Rep. Ronny Jackson (TX) 

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA) 

Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO)

Rep. Barry Moore (AL)

Rep. Ralph Norman (SC)

 

The following outside groups support the RSC’s Women’s Bill of Rights:

 

Independent Women’s Voice, Independent Women’s Law Center, Concerned Women for America LAC, Heritage Action for America, American Principles Project, Women’s Liberation Front, Family Policy Alliance, Eagle Forum, Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), and Women’s Declaration International USA. 

 

What they’re saying:

“Women and girls’ interests are being short-changed today by those who seek to eradicate sex-specific sports, facilities and opportunities. That ends today. I’m grateful that Representatives Lesko, Banks, Harshbarger, and Miller are standing up for women and for common sense.” - Independent Women’s Voice Vice President Carrie Lukas  

“We can’t fight sex discrimination if we can’t agree on what it means to be a woman. And we can’t collect accurate data regarding public health, medicine, education, crime, and the economic status of women if we redefine sex to mean ‘gender identity.’ At Independent Women’s Law Center, we know what a woman is. Thankfully, Representatives Lesko, Banks, Harshbarger, and Miller do too.” - Independent Women’s Law Center Director Jennifer C. Braceras   

"WoLF applauds the introduction of this Women’s Bill of Rights, an historic and profound resolution that will advance and protect the rights of women in the United States. For too long, women have been told that there is no word to describe us and our experiences. We have seen the definition of “woman” be distorted to promote offensive and harmful sexist stereotypes. This resolution is a clear signal that our voices can no longer be silenced in this way. WoLF was proud to co-author the model Women’s Bill of Rights that inspired this resolution, and we are grateful for the courageous leadership shown by Rep. Lesko and Sen Hyde-Smith, along with their co-leads. The simple, common-sense provisions of this resolution will help ensure that the government does not endorse the falsehood of human sex change, and that spaces and resources for women remain that way." - Lauren Adams, Legal Director, Women’s Liberation Front  

“It is shocking that women today are being told that our unique status is irrelevant and being a woman has no relationship to being female.  Our protections are being stripped away by radical policies confusing biological fact with gender feelings, and activist judges who can’t define a Woman.  Concerned Women for America LAC applauds the Women’s Bill of Rights resolution that will recognize and protect the intrinsic dignity of women and our unique status under the law.”  - Penny Young Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee  

“The woke Left is on a mission to roll back generations of progress made in the name of womens’ rights. Their refusal to acknowledge the biological differences between men and women is unconscionable and, in many cases, dangerous. If left unchecked, the Left’s assault on what it means to be a woman will continue to be a detriment to all biological women and will see opportunities and resources redirected to individuals who were never meant to receive them. Fortunately, Congresswomen Lesko, Miller, and Harsbarger, alongside RSC Chairman Jim Banks, are leading the effort to reaffirm what it means to be a woman and the dangers of the Left’s current trajectory.” - Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action  

“Americans will not stay silent against an ideology that erases women. To clear any confusion over the definition of a woman, this bicameral effort simply reaffirms the truth: women are distinct from men and deserve equal protection under law. We urge every member of Congress to protect the civil rights of women and pass the Women’s Bill of Rights Resolution now.” - Autumn Leva, Senior Vice President of Family Policy Alliance 

“The woke Left’s efforts to erase women stops today with the indelible ink of the Women’s Bill of Rights,” said Kris Ullman, Eagle Forum Predident. “When it comes to sex and gender it’s time to trust the science. Women are women and men are men. We must acknowledge our physiological differences as we celebrate our shared humanity. This Resolution protects women in prisons and restrooms, ensures the spirit of Title IX is maintained in college sports, and restores common sense to how we refer to pregnant and nursing women.” - Kris Ullman, President, Eagle Forum  

“Americans are currently facing an onslaught from the woke Left to diminish womanhood. Whether it be by attacking girls’ sports, reducing woman to “birthing people,” putting woman at risk in jails and bathrooms, or nominating a Supreme Court justice who cannot define what a woman is, conservatives need to fight back. We at the Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC) want to thank the Republican Study Committee, Rep. Lesko and Sen. Hyde-Smith for attempting to restore sanity by bringing forward the Women’s Bill of Rights resolution.” - Matt Schlapp, Chairman, Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC)  

"Men and women are different. This is both a self-evident truth and a scientific fact acknowledged by the vast majority of Americans. Yet, for some here in Washington (mostly on the left), manhood and womanhood are simply labels that can be changed at will. These radicals cannot define what a 'woman' is, even as they claim to advocate for women's rights. It would be comedic if the consequences weren't so serious. In response to this dangerous ideology, it is imperative that we make clear in law what should be apparent to any sane person: that 'man' and 'woman' are biologically grounded realities, not mere social constructs. Only by doing so will we ensure the rights of each are fully respected and affirmed. APP is grateful for the leadership of Rep. Lesko, Sen. Hyde-Smith, and all the Republican members supporting this resolution, and we urge the GOP to make this effort a priority both now and especially should they retake the majority in Congress next year." - Terry Schilling, President, American Principles Project   

“The U.S. chapter of Women’s Declaration International (a nonpartisan global organization that support women’s sex-based rights around the world) is proud to support the Women’s Bill of Rights, which would enshrine into law many of the principles outlined in the global Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights, which we work to advance throughout U.S. law.”  - Kara Dansky, President, WDI USA 

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Apr 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— Earlier this week, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks and Rep. Greg Steube (FL-17) filed a discharge petition for Rep. Steube’s bill, H.R.426, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2021. Rep. Steube’s legislation ensures that women and girls are allowed a fair playing field in competitive sports by ensuring that school athletics comply with the Title IX recognition of a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth. The full text of the bill can be found here.

The RSC, the largest group of conservative lawmakers in Washington, took an official position in support of the discharge petition. Heritage Action for America is including co-sponsorship of H.R. 426 as a component in its scorecard and Concerned Women for America LAC is including support for the discharge petition as a component in its scorecard.

RSC Chairman Jim Banks said: “Congress passed Title IX 50 years ago, but the left is now scheming to effectively destroy that important civil rights protection. House Republicans must respond by strengthening protections for female athletes and by forcing Democrats to publicly state whether they support women’s right to compete on a level playing field. I’d like to thank Greg Steube, as well as Heritage Action, my fellow RSC members and the numerous groups supporting his important bill.”

Congressman Greg Steube said: “Allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports is anti-science and an affront to female athletes around the country. We have seen this practice prevent talented athletes from achieving their goals; stripping them of records, rosters, and scholarships. By refusing to allow a vote on protecting women’s sports, Speaker Pelosi is enabling Congress to evade this critical and timely issue facing students across the country. Tonight, Republicans filed a discharge petition to force my bill, The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act onto the House floor. Instead of paying lip service to women, I hope my colleagues across the aisle will actually do something for women and girls by signing onto this petition. As the left perpetuates a craze to eliminate gender, the American people deserve to know where their elected representatives stand on protecting women’s sports.”

The discharge petition is supported by Advancing American Freedom, American Principles Project, CatholicVote, Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), Concerned Women for America LAC, Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC), Eagle Forum, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Family PAC Federal, Family Policy Alliance, Family Research Council, ForAmerica, Heritage Action for America, Independent Women’s Forum, Women’s Declaration International USA, and Women’s Liberation Front. 

What They’re Saying:

Said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America LAC: “After 50 years of progress for women and girls, Congress must step in and save Title IX from doom. What’s happening in women’s sports today under the NCAA and Biden Administration defies science and common sense and is an affront to every female athlete in America. This radical agenda to obliterate the enduring differences between the sexes is draconian and erases women’s inherent dignity and status under the law. No school should be able to force female athletes to compete against biological males identifying as girls or displace female athletes from sports designated for women and girls.  This issue is nonpartisan. Our daughters deserve better. We thank the RSC for its plan to file a discharge petition and urge the House to act swiftly to pass the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.” 

Said Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action: ““Allowing men to compete in women's sports is dangerous, unfair, and highly illogical. Women should have the right to compete on a level playing field and shouldn’t have to sacrifice their athletic careers at the alter of transgender rights. While the current Administration has irresponsibly denied women this right, we applaud Congressman Steube for introducing legislation to rectify this situation and we encourage members to take action by cosponsoring the bill and signing the discharge petition.”

 Said Family Policy Alliance: “The future of America’s women and girls is on the line. If members of Congress truly support fair opportunities for women, they will not hesitate to sign the discharge petition for H.R. 426. While the Biden Administration is aggressively attempting to sideline our girls, America is fighting back. 15 states have passed Save Girls Sports bills, and this discharge petition is an important step to a future national victory. We applaud Chairman Banks and the Republican Study Committee for initiating a full-court press to ensure fair play for women and girls across the nation.”

Said Eagle Forum: "Increasingly, the opportunities of our daughters have been compromised by the allowance of biological males onto women's sports teams. Eagle Forum is grateful for Representative Steube's leadership in protecting women's and girl's sports through The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. This legislation ensures that the intention of Title IX remains and is not given over to SOGI ideology. No girl should have to give her spot up for some man's whim. We urge every member to sign the discharge petition and get this bill passed!" 

Said Women’s Liberation Front: “Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) applauds the decision of the Republican Study Committee to endorse HR 426. WoLF is a non-partisan agency that represents women of every political affiliation; we believe that women and girls deserve to play in athletic competitions that are fair and safe. We are gravely concerned about the erosion of women’s rights in the United States, including the loss of women’s and girls’ sports. Over the past few years, we have been witness to the gaslighting of our entire nation. Female athletes, along with their coaches, parents, and fans, have been coerced into participating in a mass delusion: the delusion that males can transform into females. Journalists and news agencies have encouraged and supported this gaslighting by using misleading and inaccurate language about male interference in women’s sports. The Biden administration has profoundly endangered women’s rights under Title IX by including “gender identity” in its definition of sex. “Gender identity” is nothing more than a personal belief system; this personal belief system is being actively promoted by our nation’s president, to the detriment of women and girls everywhere. HR 426 demonstrates policymakers’ commitment to the protection of women’s sports. No woman or girl should be forced to compete against a male, regardless of how that male “identifies.” The protection of women’s sports is a non-partisan issue; it affects women and girls throughout our country, in every state and in every neighborhood. We appreciate the leadership that the Republican Study Committee has demonstrated by endorsing HR 426.”

Said Terry Schilling, President of American Principles Project: "Nearly half a century after the passage of Title IX, women's rights are once again under assault -- particularly when it comes to sports. Woke policies across the country are allowing biological males to compete against women and girls, making a mockery of what was once a fair playing field. Although we are encouraged that 15 states and counting have passed laws to protect female athletes, Congress must take this to the finish line.  APP applauds the Republican Study Committee's effort to force a House vote on the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. We're grateful for the RSC's leadership in making this a GOP priority, and we join with families nationwide in urging members to sign on to this petition. Make no mistake: defending women's sports is fast becoming a litmus test issue for Republicans, and voters will be paying attention to where their representatives stand."

Said Carrie Lukas, President of Independent Women's Forum: “It’s time for our leaders to make public their position on women’s sports. Americans want to know: should female athletes be relegated to the sidelines? Yes or no”  

Said Kara Dansky, President of Women’s Declaration International USA: “Women's Declaration International USA, a nonpartisan feminist organization, is happy to support this discharge petition. Women and girls deserve to have our own spaces and sports.”  

Said Jack Brewer, Chair, America First Policy Institute’s Center for Opportunity Now: “The far left has consistently undermined the concepts of biological sex, womanhood, and truth itself with their radical and pernicious gender ideology. The America First Policy Institute strongly supports protecting female athletics and banning schools that receive federal funding from allowing biological males to dominate women’s sports. Americans must act to secure the right of female athletes to compete against their own biological sex and preserve a level playing field for athletic competition. No matter what, the God-given reality of biological sex cannot be changed.”

Said Christiana Kiefer, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom: “Title IX was designed to stop discrimination and create equal athletic opportunities for women. But that purpose is being undermined as we witness increasing incidents nationwide of males dominating girls’ athletic competitions, seizing championships, and shattering long-standing female records. When biological differences are ignored, women and girls bear the brunt of the harm. The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act would remedy this by guaranteeing female athletes across the country a fair and level playing field. We commend Rep. Greg Steube for his leadership in authoring this bill and Rep. Jim Banks and other members of the House of Representatives who are taking a strong stand for women and girls.”

Said the Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC): “We at CPAC have been active in the fifteen states which have already passed laws aimed at combating the woke gender policies damaging women's sports. Americans everywhere are tired of organizations like the NCAA pushing their left-wing agenda against the will of the people.  As such, we view Rep. Steube’s Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act as common-sense legislation meant to protect opportunities for women. Accordingly, CPAC strongly supports the discharge petition for the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. We have recommended to our colleagues at the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Legislative Accountability (Ratings) that they score legislation protecting women’s sports positively in their 2022 ratings.”

 

 

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Apr 28, 2022

WASHINGTON— Today, Republican Study Committee Member and House Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers, RSC Chairman Jim Banks, and RSC Member and Doc Caucus Chairman Brad Wenstrup introduced The Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act, important legislation that would expand access to life saving cures and prevent discrimination against Americans with disabilities.

RSC Chairman Jim Banks said: “Republicans belong to the party of life. This includes all life, from conception to natural death. Our important legislation promotes the dignity and value of each human being by ensuring that government bureaucrats can’t arbitrarily decide that some lives have more value than others.

As Democrats continue to push a socialist ideology that has no regard for the most vulnerable, it is more important than ever for House Republicans to permanently end this harmful metric.”

House Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers said: “When the government uses QALYs it means a health care bureaucracy can coldly and mercilessly determine someone’s life is worth less. Countries that use them discriminate against people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, including people with cystic fibrosis, ALS, and people like my son Cole who has Down syndrome. The most vulnerable are sent to the back of the line for treatment because the government says their lives aren’t valuable enough for care.

Today, we’re introducing this legislation as warriors for human dignity to stop the use of QALYs and affirm that every person’s life has value. This builds on our work on the Energy and Commerce Committee to stop Speaker Pelosi’s socialist price controls and the dangerous consequences of the Left’s agenda for government-run health care.”

GOP Doctors Caucus Co-Chair Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. said: “As a physician, I took an oath to treat each patient as a human being first. Unfortunately, QALY measurements put a dollar value on a person's life, interfering with the sacred duty of a physician to care for all of their patients with the dignity they deserve.”

“I’m proud to join my colleagues, Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks, to make sure the government can never determine how much your life is worth in order to ration or deny health care.”

Background:

The legislation would prohibit the use of quality adjusted life years (QALYs) in all Federal programs. Presently, this prohibition only applies narrowly to Medicare.

The controversial metric intentionally devalues treatments for disabled individuals and those with chronic illnesses for purposes of determining whether the treatment is cost-effective enough to be covered. The use of QALYs is a clear form of discrimination. The bill would also prohibit the importation of price-controls from countries that use QALYs, which are a socialist trademark of government-run health insurance programs.

A ban on the usage of QALYs by the federal government was supported by the National Council on Disability as part of the Council’s 2022 Health Equity Framework.

The Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act is supported by Heritage Action, Alliance for Aging Research, National Right to Life Committee, Family Research Council, and Students for Life Action.

What They’re Saying:

“The quality-adjusted life year (QALY) devalues the lives of older adults, people with disabilities and chronic conditions, and communities of color. The National Council on Disability has repeatedly warned against the use of QALYs in healthcare decision making because it would undermine major U.S. disability and civil rights laws, including the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Sue Peschin, MHS, President and CEO of the Alliance for Aging Research. “Despite the obvious negative impacts on health equity, payers—including private insurers, the Veterans Administration, and state Medicaid agencies—are increasingly utilizing QALY-based cost-effectiveness analyses from the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) to ration access for FDA-approved treatments. It is time for these harmful practices to stop. The Alliance applauds Energy & Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers, RSC Chairman Jim Banks, and Rep. Brad Wenstrup for their leadership on the introduction of the Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act of 2022 and urges Congress to pass this vital legislation.”

Roger Severino, EPPC Senior Fellow and former Director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS said: “We must reject systems that weigh individuals according to subjective quality of life standards and denies treatments for those that supposedly don’t measure up because of disabilities. Respect for equal human dignity requires no less.”

Jennifer Popik, Director of Federal Legislation at the National Right to Life Committeesaid: “National Right to Life applauds Reps. Banks, Wenstrup, and McMorris Rogers for introducing the "Protecting Health Care For All Patients Act."  This legislation would prevent the use of Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) or similar metrics in health coverage. QALYs are an inherently discriminatory system of rationing used to assess a person’s anticipated lifespan and whether treatment will be “cost effective.” QALYs apply a score to a person’s health and penalize a person who has a disability. QALYs are being used by some health care systems and payers to determine whether a patient who is judged – by others – to have a “diminished quality of life” should receive health care coverage. National Right to Life strongly supports this life-affirming, dignity-enhancing legislation.”

“Using subjective standards like Quality Adjusted Life Years to make decisions about medical treatment is discriminatory and suggests that the lives of people living with disabilities are less valuable than the lives of those not living with disabilities. FRC is grateful for Congress’s work to ensure that every person is treated with the dignity and respect—especially when facing decisions about medical care.” said Mary Szoch, Director of the Center for Human Dignity, Family Research Council.

 “In order to ensure Americans with disabilities aren’t discriminated against, it’s imperative that the federal government maintains its prohibition on the use of quality-adjusted life years. The value of providing treatment to an individual shouldn’t be quantified by bureaucrats and Americans should have the ability to choose the treatment that best suits their needs. We applaud Reps. Banks, Wenstrup, and McMorris Rodgers for leading the charge to ensure this discriminatory practice is never used by the federal government,” said Garrett Bess, Vice President of Heritage Action

"As the mother of a child with a disability, I'm deeply disturbed by the federal government's use of QALY; it is a dehumanizing methodology that discriminates against the elderly and sickest among us. I've seen how life-saving drugs that help fight my daughter's cystic fibrosis have been denied in other countries because government bureaucrats have deemed it "too costly." That is unacceptable and will lead us on a path toward socialized medicine. Thankfully, this legislation will help provide access to care that Americans deserve and send an important moral statement that our nation cares for our most vulnerable," said Mary Vought, a disability advocate. 

Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life Action & Students for Life of America said: “Advocates of socialized medicine have used deadly formulas to decide who lives and who dies, including people like my children who have genetic conditions that will require care for them to thrive. Allowing such formulas to have power in American healthcare creates a profit dynamic that puts a price tag on everyone, determining whether an individual can earn enough to make it worth it to save their life. These formulas are already abused where they are in force, denying people the help they need. Their use leads to the destruction of compassion and service in healthcare as well as creating a dangerous risk for all of us because as at some point, everyone will come to the end of their days as an employee. Being weak, disabled, or in need of regular care should not be an automatic death sentence at the hands of a cost-cutting bureaucrat with a calculator."

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Feb 15, 2022

WASHINGTON— Today, Republican Study Committee Member Rep. Yvette Herrell introduced important legislation that would bar American taxpayer dollars from funding research affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) or the Chinese Communist Party. 

 Rep. Yvette Herrell said: “We cannot trust the corrupt authoritarians running China with the health of the world, and Americans should not have their tax dollars go to projects that could create another pandemic. I have introduced the Stop Funding Our Adversaries Act to preserve the integrity of our scientific research and to protect the American people from the irresponsible and inhumane communist regime.”

RSC Chairman Banks said: “Holding China accountable is one of the RSC’s top priorities this Congress, and this bill plays a central role in that effort. Funding research in China, directly or indirectly, only undermines America’s position in the world and legitimizes the Chinese Communist Party. We must not let it continue.”

The Stop Funding Our Adversaries Act (SFOA) Act of 2022 is supported by Heritage Action for America and the Coalition for a Prosperous America

More info about this bill can be found here.

 

Feb 15, 2022

WASHINGTON— Today, Republican Study Committee Member Rep. Lisa McClain, RSC Chairman Jim Banks, RSC National Security and Foreign Affairs Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson, and House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers, introduced legislation that would require sanctions on all past and future members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s National Congress and their immediate family members. The sanctions would last until the CCP ends its theft of American intellectual property, ends its genocide of Uyghur Muslims, ends its incursions into Taiwan and stops its human rights abuses in Hong Kong.

Rep. Lisa McClain said: “China is one of the biggest threats to the safety and security of the United States and the world. Sanctioning leaders of the CCP is a commonsense way to show China and the world that we are sick and tired of their aggressive, bully-like tactics.”

RSC Chairman Banks said: “This collection of individuals are some of the world’s worst human rights offenders and leaders in an authoritarian, evil regime. We not only have a national security obligation, but a moral obligation, to block them from carrying out their corrupt agenda here on our shores. The Republican Study Committee is proud to lead the way in standing up to the Chinese Communist Party.” 

RSC National Security and Foreign Affairs Chairman Wilson said: “I am grateful to join this effort to require sanctions on senior CCP members for their malign behavior and human rights abuses. We must be bold if we are going to pushback against decades of the CCP taking advantage of us and oppressing the extraordinary people of China.”

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Rep. Mike Rogers said: “The Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for their egregious and disturbing human rights abuses. Every day that Joe Biden hesitates in holding the CCP accountable for genocide and slave labor the CCP only grows more emboldened in their campaign of evil.” 

The Stop CCP Act would require visa blocking and asset blocking sanctions on members of the CCP’s National Congress—the highest body within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Sessions of the CCP’s Congress are held every 5 years making up the most senior CCP members in the country. The next meeting is scheduled to be held at the end of 2022. The bill would provide a waiver to the President if the President could certify that the CCP has ended its theft of American intellectual property, ends its genocide of Uyghur Muslims, ends its incursions into Taiwan, and stops its human rights abuses in Hong Kong. The waiver would sunset within 2 years and have to be renewed by Congress to prevent abuse by the administration.

The text of the bill can be found here.

Original cosponsors of this bill include Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN), Mike Rogers (R-AL), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Brian Babin (R-TX), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), Yvette Herrell (R-NM), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), David McKinley (R-WV), Mary Miller (R-IL), Marianette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Rep. Tracey Mann (R-KS) Greg Steube (R-FL), and Tracey Mann (R-KS).

 More background:

The Republican Study Committee (RSC) is the largest caucus in Congress with 159 Members. The RSC was founded in 1973 to bring like-minded conservative House members together to promote a strong, principled legislative agenda. For more information on the Republican Study Committee, visit rsc-banks.house.gov.

 

Feb 15, 2022

WASHINGTON— Today, Republican Study Committee Member Rep. Yvette Herrell introduced legislation to require the Food and Drug Administration to produce a report and recommendations on regulatory barriers to domestic manufacturing of medical products that are critical to public health during public health emergencies. 

In the earliest days of the pandemic, China threatened to halt lifesaving supplies of medicine to the United States. This highlighted a glaring need to reshore our supply chains and make sure Americans would have access to lifesaving medicine and medical supplies during public health crises.

The Protecting American Lives Act (PAL) Act of 2022 would help begin that effort of reshoring our medical supply chains. 

Rep. Yvette Herrell said: “I am proud to introduce the Protecting American Lives Act, which would require the FDA to identify rules and regulations that make it difficult to produce lifesaving drugs in America, so we can clear them out of the way and bring our pharmaceutical production home from China. We cannot entrust the health of millions of Americans to authoritarian regimes, especially in times of global crisis.”

RSC Chairman Banks said: “China should never be able to put us in a similar situation again. If our nation isn’t secure, then we’re not free. The Republican Study Committee is proud to partner with RSC member Rep. Yvette Herrell on this important bill.”

The PAL Act is supported by Heritage Action for America and the Coalition for a Prosperous America.

More info about this bill can be found here.

 

More background:

The Republican Study Committee (RSC) is the largest caucus in Congress with 159 Members. The RSC was founded in 1973 to bring like-minded conservative House members together to promote a strong, principled legislative agenda. For more information on the Republican Study Committee, visit rsc-banks.house.gov

Jan 26, 2022
WASHINGTON--Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Banks released the following statement after reviewing the text of Pelosi’s COMPETES Act:
 
“All along, conservatives have criticized the Endless Frontier Act, USICA, and the EAGLE Act as weak and unserious. In particular, all of them fail to do enough to counter the malign Chinese Communist Party activity happening within the United States, which should be our primary concern. Moreover, these bills all waste taxpayer dollars on issues completely disconnected from countering China.
 
“Pelosi’s new bill, the COMPETES Act, is no exception. It is weak and fails to properly confront the China threat, and it throws billions at unrelated issues that have nothing to do with our national security. For example, it includes millions to study coral reefs and gives billions to the United Nations Green Climate Fund. At the same time, there is no money to enforce our sanctions laws or increase our military strength.
 
“This is why conservatives wrote our own China bill last summer that is just 0.5% the cost of the USICA and includes tough measures like sanctions that would limit the Chinese Communist Party’s ability to subvert our nation’s institutions and steal our intellectual property. If Congress really wanted to confront the China threat, we’d pass the RSC’s Countering Communist China Act.”
 
More background:
 
The Republican Study Committee (RSC) is the largest caucus in Congress with 159 Members. The RSC was founded in 1973 to bring like-minded conservative House members together to promote a strong, principled legislative agenda. For more information on the Republican Study Committee, visit rsc-banks.house.gov.

 
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Jan 20, 2022

WASHINGTON— Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, introduced a new bill today which would impose real costs on Vladimir Putin’s increasing aggression and call out the Biden administration’s Real Russia Collusion. The new bill, co-led by RSC National Security and Foreign Affairs Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Michael Waltz, Rep. Barry Moore and joined by 38 House Republicans, would impose the toughest sanctions on Russia ever proposed by Congress. Read more via the Washington Post HERE.

The bill would impose sanctions on Putin, his family members, mistress and network of kleptocratic oligarchs. In addition, it would designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, place sanctions on Russian sovereign debt in the secondary market, immediately shut down the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, kick Russia out of the international SWIFT Code system, and impose sanctions on Russia’s financial sector.

The bill is cosponsored by Reps. Don Bacon, Randy Feenstra, Greg Steube, Jeff Duncan, Diana Harshbarger, John Curtis, Tracey Mann, Guy Reschenthaler, Scott Fitzgerald, Bob Gibbs, Richard Hudson, Lance Gooden, Jake LaTurner, Madison Cawthorn, Michael Burgess, Pat Fallon, Mary Miller Meeks, Randy Weber, Dan Meuser, David McKinley, August Pfluger, Adrian Smith, Cliff Bentz, Fred Keller, Blake Moore, Rick Crawford, Rodney Davis, Darrell Issa, Alex Mooney, Burgess Owens, Lisa McClain, Brian Babin, Kevin Hern, Dusty Johnson, and Brad Wenstrup.

“The real Russian collusion has always been between the Democrats and Vladimir Putin. No president has done more to appease Russia’s dictator than Joe Biden. That’s why conservatives at the Republican Study Committee introduced this bill to hold both Biden and Putin accountable.” said Rep. Jim Banks, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

“We need to go after Putin directly and his network of kleptocrats and oligarchs. Weakness is provocative. Without imposing real costs, we won’t deter Putin. We have been pushing for these sanctions for years, further delays will lead to war. The time to deter conflict is before it happens,” said RSC National Security Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson

“We cannot wait for Putin to make the first move and the time to implement crippling sanctions on Russian entities is now. Weakness feeds Russian provocation. It’s unfortunate that the Biden Administration’s foreign policy team hasn’t learned that lesson. Putin’s cronies in Moscow should feel the real costs of their efforts to destabilize the free world.” said Rep. Michael Waltz.

“While President Biden continues the failed foreign policy approach of the Obama Administration, which allowed the Russian annexation of the Crimea, House Republicans are dedicated to holding Putin and the Russian government accountable. This legislation makes it absolutely clear that the U.S. will not stand idly by as the Kremlin threatens an invasion of Ukraine. The Putin Accountability Act will impose crippling sanctions and real costs on the Russian government. Since the White House refuses to act, it is imperative that Congress take up this legislation.” said Rep. Doug Lamborn. 

“Stand for America supports the Putin Accountability Act. As the Biden administration continues to show weakness in the face of Russian aggression, the RSC is standing up to defend the United States and our allies and holding Putin and his cronies accountable. We commend Chairman Banks, Rep. Waltz, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Lamborn, and their RSC colleagues for leading on this legislation.” said Tim Chapman, Executive Director, Stand for America

 “For too long, Russia has been able to maliciously act on the global stage with impunity. While Democrats have been busy playing political games and shielding Russian pipelines from sanctions, we are thankful that Chairman Jim Banks and the RSC have stepped in to provide what amounts to the strongest list of sanctions ever directed at Russia via their aptly named Putin Accountability Act,” said Garrett Bess, Vice President of Heritage Action for America.

“As the Biden administration continues to display a lack of resolve regarding Russia's impending invasion of Ukraine, it is critical to reinforce American leadership in the world. Credible non-kinetic options including targeted sanctions help deter Putin's aggression and reinforce the peace and stability of Europe. We commend leaders who take this threat seriously and demonstrate that the U.S. does not back down in the face of Russian aggression,” said the Vandenberg Coalition.

Read the full legislation here. Read the summary here.