Sullivan puts Dems in a box with his amendment to block China mineral imports

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Every Republican has begun to offer amendments to the $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend package crafted by Democrats, and Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski have jumped in with their amendments.

Sullivan today proposed one that would ensure that federal funds, subsidies, or tax credits for material needed to build out the nation’s energy sector is sourced by the United States, or its allies — not by Communist China.

“This would help ensure a robust, secure supply chain that doesn’t rely on forced labor, and also provide good-paying jobs, and strengthen our economy and our national security,” he said in a statement. “If we are going to build out our domestic renewable energy industry, we need to have an honest conversation about where we are sourcing these materials,” Sullivan said.

“We cannot continue to be dependent on China for critical minerals—resources that are crucial to our economy and national security, and which we have in abundance in the U.S., particularly in Alaska. We also cannot continue to allow extreme environmentalists to dictate our country’s energy policy and block domestic mineral production. By developing our national supply chains and processing capabilities, we can create thousands of good-paying jobs, protect our national interests, deny economic support for violators of basic human rights and build out America’s all-of-the-above energy sector,” Sullivan said.

Democrats will fight the amendment because it would mean a return to responsible mining in the U.S., something the Democrats don’t want, so long as the country can get materials at the expense of other nations’ environment and people.

Solar energy technology is now produced by China, which uses exploitive labor practices, including forced labor.

“The United States is dangerously reliant on China for roughly 80 percent of both the processing and manufacturing of minerals, rare earth elements, and metals vital to the America’s renewable energy sector and national security,” Sullivan said. “The U.S. is currently 100 percent reliant on other countries for 14 critical minerals and more than 75 percent reliant for an additional 10 critical minerals.”

Both Sullivan and Sen. Lisa Murkowski stated they will not vote for the massive spending package, but as long as it appears live, they will at least have amendments — even if they are poison pills that they know won’t pass. The Sullivan amendment did pass, 90-9.

The bill is likely to pass with the 50 Democrat votes plus Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, but that eventuality is weeks, perhaps months away.

Earlier Tuesday, the $1.1 trillion infrastructure package passed the Senate and went to the House to await action.

27 COMMENTS

  1. Neville Chamberlain 30 September 1939:

    “We, the German Führer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for our two countries and for Europe.
    We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again. We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.”

  2. Who were the 9 senators who voted against American interests and for the interests of Chinese Communist?

    • The nay votes:
      Blumenthal (D-CT)
      Booker (D-NJ)
      Carper (D-DE)
      Gillibrand (D-NY)
      Markey (D-MA)
      Murphy (D-CT)
      Sanders (I-VT)
      Toomey (R-PA)
      Whitehouse (D-RI)
      .
      The only shocker here is Toomey.

  3. Much too little, much too late Swampy.

    Did he ask mommy (Princess Lisa) for permission first?

  4. As China dismantles our Country’s economic, monetary, military and social systems with the help of our politicians.

  5. Does voting for the package, and then amending the package make sense? No! How about just saying “no”. Is this too hard for Rino Republicans, it must be. It’s bad form, and the hole is getting deeper.
    Thank you for sharing what Sullivan’s true colors are. Lisa I gave up on a decade and more ago.

  6. Disloyal Dan voted for the wasteful 1.2 Trillion dollar hoax infrastructure bill. I regret my vote for him last November, but will not make that mistake again. Senator Sullivan has proven himself to be a RINO. His little victory over mineral imports doesn’t change that. Dems threw him a bone after he sold his soul to support the inflation causing Green New Deal Infrastructure bill. He is a phony in the Lisa Murkowski mold and I can’t wait to vote against him in 5 years.

    • That bill is essentially a fascist takeover bill. The Dems, with the help of 19 senate Republicans, including both our senators, finally seized complete control (if you’re not counting the illegitimate president they placed in office).

  7. 41 of 48 democratic senators supported Sullivan’s amendment. Doesn’t seem like much of a fight to me. All the senate democrats supported Tuberville’s amendment on defunding the police. Perhaps we are moving forward.

  8. Just another rino. Maybe a step up from Lisa but that isn’t saying much.
    Sullivan’s turned into a swamp creature.
    All bark, no bite and a pocket full of our money.
    I hope a serious conservative/constitutionalist runs against him.
    I’m sick and tired of being someone else’s piggy bank.

  9. The only thing you can count on with AK Republicans is they will fold when it’s important.

  10. Does voting for the package, and then amending the package make sense? No! How about just saying “no”. Is this too hard for Rino Republicans, it must be. It’s bad form, and the hole is getting deeper.
    Thank you for sharing who Sullivan’s true colors are. Lisa I gave up on a decade and more ago.

  11. All bought and paid for. They’re being promised a spot in the political elite but will the promise be kept? I sure wouldn’t trust them, Murky and Sullivan better watch their backs and not gamble too much on being part of the exclusive club. Memberships can be revoked.

    • No elected official is part of the club. The last one was Dad Bush. He was the GateKeeper. Politicians come and go. It is the deep state that remains. You figure out what their agenda is and you may have something.

  12. Half of the mineral ingredients in our cellphones, computers, and electrical components of our cars come from China or Taiwan. China has the rare earth minerals and Taiwan has the production lines and the capitalistic know-how. Little wonder that China will try and invade Taiwan under Biden’s watch.

  13. Oh, that clever Sullivan! He’ll show them, alright!
    If Sullivan hasn’t got the guts to say HELL NO to 90 percent of that sick-minded piece of trash they’re trying to call an infrastructure bill, he is just as useless as Lisa, and does NOT belong in that senate seat.
    PERIOD!

  14. I do hope those imbeciles in Washington have at least included in this infrastructure bill a caveat that all materials are to be Made in American, or at the very least NAFTA.

  15. We need China’s minerals, as we are unwilling to permit mines in the US. I suppose mining will begin after China takes over.

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