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Bipartisan bill would ban China, ‘hostile’ countries from manufacturing inventions funded by US taxpayers

Bipartisan bill would ban China, ‘hostile’ countries from manufacturing inventions funded by US taxpayers

Bipartisan bill would ban China, ‘hostile’ countries from manufacturing inventions funded by US taxpayers

By Brianna Herlihy
June 13th, 2023

The Invent Here, Make Here Act of 2023 follows revelations that Biden’s Dept. of Energy approved American-invented batteries to be manufactured in China.

A bipartisan effort in the Senate is underway to ban China and other hostile countries from manufacturing any American taxpayer-funded technologies.

On Tuesday, Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and JD Vance, R-Ohio, will introduce the Invent Here, Make Here Act of 2023 that will require all federal agencies that commercialize taxpayer-funded research to invent new products to license only to American manufacturers.

While current law requires federally-funded inventions to be manufactured in the United States, the senators say this requirement is often waived, allowing cutting-edge, taxpayer-funded technologies to be licensed to foreign companies and manufactured in countries like China.

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