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Conaway Introduces Stopping Foreign Businesses Sanctuary Act

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Washington, February 27, 2018 | comments

Washington–Tuesday, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) introduced the Stopping Foreign Businesses Sanctuary Act, legislation to protect American businesses from foreign companies manipulating claims of immunity in U.S. courts.

“Under current law, foreign companies who are conducting commercial activity in the United States can claim immunity in U.S. courts by arguing they are an extension of their government. This is particularly frequent among Chinese companies, who tie themselves to the Chinese government to protect themselves from being held liable for their wrongdoings. American businesses are then prevented from taking legal action against these companies, giving foreign companies an unfair advantage on American soil,” said Rep. Conaway.

“In November, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission highlighted this issue in their annual report to Congress as a recommendation of ‘particular significance.’ It’s time to stop giving sanctuary to foreign companies, and put American businesses first.”

The text of the bill can be found here. The entire U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission 2017 Annual Report to Congress can be found here, and the recommendation cited above can be found here.



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