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Sens. Cruz, Scott, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on CCP Espionage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to require more stringent reporting requirements from diplomats of American adversaries. This bill also applies to foreign missions in the U.S. conducted by China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. This legislation requires a monthly report of the notification logs from the State Department to the President, Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee to ensure transparency around the business of foreign governments in the United States.

The Countering Corrupt Political Influence Act (CCP Influence Act), builds upon the Trump administration policy that required the State Department to mandate that Chinese foreign missions, including its embassy and various consulates around the United States, notify the Department of State in advance of all official meetings with state officials, official meetings with local and municipal officials, official visits to educational institutions, and official visits to research institutions.

Cosponsors include Sens. Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Upon introduction, Senator Cruz said, “The Chinese Communist Party takes a whole of government and indeed often whole of nation approach to advancing its national security interests, including through global influence and espionage operations conducted from within diplomatic facilities. Other American adversaries utilize the same tactics and strategies. This legislation will ensure Congress and the president have a clear picture of what our adversaries are doing in the U.S.”

Read the full text of the bill here.

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