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US Senators Introduce Bill to Bar Use of Federal Funds for Huawei, ZTE Purchases

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the US Senate that would prohibit federal spending from the American Rescue Plan Act for purchases of Chinese telecommunications equipment, especially from Huawei and ZTE, Senator Tom Cotton’s office said on Wednesday.

“Senators Tom Cotton and Mark Warner introduced the American Telecommunications Security Act to prohibit federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act from being used to purchase Chinese telecommunications equipment, including from Huawei and ZTE,” the senator’s office said in a press release.

The senators emphasized the bill is vital to US national security, the release said.

Last June, the Federal Communications Commission formally designated ZTE and Huawei as national security threats.

US firms must obtain government licenses before they can do business with Huawei. Congress also approved in December $1.9 billion to fund the replacement of ZTE and Huawei equipment in US networks.

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