U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 1155, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. Congresswoman Walorski is a co-sponsor of this bill, which would hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable for its human rights atrocities committed against Uyghurs.
“The Chinese Communist Party has committed grievous human rights violations against Uyghurs, and this hostile regime must be held accountable for these atrocities,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “The United States cannot in good conscience ignore the CCP’s forced labor operation in Xinjiang. Creating new sanctions on these products will begin the process of holding the CCP accountable for the religious-based persecution and human rights violations it has long perpetuated against Uyghurs. Enough is enough, and our work in this mission will continue.”
H.R. 1155 would impose trade restrictions on imports from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, including by prohibiting certain imports from Xinjiang and imposing sanctions on those responsible for human rights violations. The full text of the bill is available here.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.