A press release from Congressman Don Manzullo:
Chairman Manzullo: Foreign Aid to China is Wasteful, Works Against American Manufacturers
[WASHINGTON] Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia & the Pacific, today said a plan to spend U.S. taxpayer dollars to advance clean energy initiatives in China is wasteful and can harm American manufacturers.
Manzullo, who chaired a subcommittee hearing today entitled “Feeding the Dragon: Reevaluating U.S. Development Assistance to China,” vowed to stop the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from spending $3.95 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to encourage China to adopt clean energy technologies and policies, protect wildlife, and establish law school courses.
Each year, the United States spends more than $39 billion in taxpayer funds to support America’s foreign policy objectives abroad. In the Asia region alone, the President’s request for Fiscal Year 2012 amounts to more than $800 million.
“This type of spending is yet another example of how Washington bureaucrats waste taxpayer funds without full consideration of the damage this project can have on American jobs.
“At a time when America’s debt is close to $15 trillion, USAID is proposing that we borrow more money from China to give back to China to encourage the Chinese government to fix a mess they created,” Manzullo said.
“China already dominates the clean technology manufacturing sector through a combination of illegal government subsidies, artificially low currency, and theft of intellectual property.
“The problem is so rampant that the U.S. Trade Representative launched an official complaint against China at the World Trade Organization.
“Now, USAID says U.S. taxpayer funding is needed to help China build capacity in this area. This makes no sense.”