Daines Introduces Bill to Sanction Chinese Companies, Individuals Responsible for Chinese Spy Balloon

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill which would ensure the U.S. Department of Treasury works with the Department of Commerce to identify various institutions as restricted trade partners if they are associated with either the Chinese military or intelligence services, or if they helped facilitate aerial operations to spy on the U.S. This legislation follows recent reports that China used American technology on the Chinese spy balloon. 

“The recent discovery that China used U.S. technology to spy on the United States is embarrassing but not surprising as it is yet another foreign policy failure by the Biden administration. To ensure this never happens again, the world needs to know there are consequences for these actions and that America will lead with strength, not weakness, in the face of national security threats,” Daines said.

HERE is a link to the text of the bill. 

Earlier this week, Daines sent a letter to the Biden administration highlighting concerns with the recent reports that China used American technology to spy on the United States and demanded an investigation into the situation in order to prevent future violations of U.S. national security interests. 

Daines has been the leading voice in Congress working to hold the Biden administration accountable for the Chinese spy balloon fiasco since it was first spotted over Montana in February. See his efforts HERE.