Gonzalez priorities, including holding Chinese Communist Party accountable, in FY21 National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today passed the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report which includes pieces of legislation authored by U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R – Rocky River) aimed at curbing World Bank funding to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), limiting CCP influences on American universities, combatting human trafficking, and implementing a national AI research cloud.
Accountability for World Bank Loans to China Act
This legislation aims to curb World Bank funding to the CCP by directing the U.S. Governor for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) to seek China’s graduation from the program. Despite far exceeding the economic threshold for the program, the CCP has received $7.8 billion from the World Bank IBRD since 2016. The legislation also includes provisions to help protect poor and middle-income countries that the CCP seeks to take advantage of through their Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Learn more about the Accountability for World Bank Loans to China Act here.
This legislation seeks to limit the malignant influence of Confucius Institutes – cultural and language exchange programs at American universities funded by the CCP – by barring Department of Defense funds from going to any college or university that does not comply with the accountability provisions of the legislation. Learn more about the CONFUCIUS Act here.
This legislation activates tools, partnerships, and guidance of a number of federal agencies, including the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Federal financial regulators to help financial institutions identify techniques and patterns of transactions that may involve the proceeds of trafficking. The legislation requires the Comptroller General to report findings to Congress along with recommendations for legislative or regulatory changes needed to combat trafficking or money laundering the proceeds.
National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force Act
This legislation creates a task force composed of technical experts from universities, government, and private industry to develop a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. can create, implement, oversee, and maintain a national AI research cloud. Artificial intelligence is a defining technology of the 21st century. The framework established by the task force will help to ensure U.S. global leadership.