House Republicans are pushing for a ban on China from buying U.S. farmland, calling it a national security issue.
One of the concerns is that if China became involved in our food supply line, they could potentially attempt to starve parts of the country.
That may sound outlandish until you consider China’s history. The Chinese Communist Party has starved their own people.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
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‘They Could Literally Starve Us’: Republicans Push To Ban China From Purchasing US Farmland
House Republicans are pushing to bar any person or business associated with the Chinese Communist Party from purchasing agricultural land in the United States, an effort gaining traction on the Hill as lawmakers look to retaliate against China over its spy-balloon incursion.
Reps. Dan Newhouse (R., Wash.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.), alongside more than 40 cosponsors, last week proposed legislation that would prohibit any purchase of public or private agricultural real estate in the United States and its territories by “nonresident aliens, foreign businesses, or any agent, trustee, or fiduciary associated with the Government of the People’s Republic of China.”
The legislation, known as the Prohibition of Agricultural Land for the People’s Republic of China Act, would also bar those entities from involvement in Department of Agriculture programs…
“Imagine if the Chinese Communist Party had just one of the links of our food supply chain under their control, how quickly they could literally starve us,” Newhouse told the Washington Free Beacon. “In other countries they make investments, build infrastructure, control sources of agricultural products. … We don’t want to see that happen in the United States of America.”
This is an issue that deserves more attention.
We can’t let Communist China keep rapidly buying valuable farmland near our military bases.
It’s time to pass @SenTuberville and my FARM Act to bring more oversight to the foreign investment process. https://t.co/D0PdRcRKfS
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 7, 2023
Nebraskans are concerned about the growing effort by China and other foreign countries to buy up U.S. farmland.
The FARM Act would protect America’s national security and food security by ensuring that any foreign investments in the ag sector are vetted.https://t.co/mQO3YP1yGf
— Senator Deb Fischer (@SenatorFischer) February 10, 2023
Communist China has no business buying American farmland.