Jan 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – This month, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) continued his work to protect America’s national security by cosponsoring H.R. 4747, the Defending U.S. Government Communications Act. This legislation, introduced by Congressman Michael Conaway (TX-11), would prohibit the U.S. government from purchasing or leasing telecommunications equipment or services from Chinese companies Huawei, ZTE, or any subsidiaries thereof. Congressman Jones has released the following statement:

“Blocking these transactions is just common sense. ” said Congressman Jones. “Why would the federal government ever use taxpayer money to buy telecom equipment from Chinese companies, which communist China could then exploit to undermine our economic and national security? I strongly urge my fellow members of Congress to join this legislation and prohibit these purchases. ”

Other cosponsors include: Representatives Liz Cheney, Mike Gallagher, Sam Johnson, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Elise Stefanik, Mike Rogers, Austin Scott, Michael Turner, Scott DesJarlais, Vicky Hartzler, Duncan Hunter, and Bradley Byrne.

U.S. defense and intelligence agencies have raised serious concerns about the national security threats posed by Huawei and ZTE.  Those concerns are spelled out in reports released by the House Intelligence Committee and the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Congressman Jones has consistently fought against the efforts of communist China to buy into strategic American businesses, markets, and industries.  In 2013, Congressman Jones fought the Chinese purchase of Smithfield Foods, Inc., the world’s largest pork producer and processer.

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at or (202) 225-3415.