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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 19

Blocking the Export of Nuclear Energy Technology to China

Argument in favor

China’s theft of intellectual property from U.S. businesses and its collaboration with Iran and North Korea on developing military technology show that the Chinese aren’t interested in a mutually beneficial partnership with the U.S.

John's Opinion
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10/15/2015
China is not our friend. This is common sense.
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Elinor's Opinion
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10/16/2015
Why send our technology to any country that deals with our enemies?
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Debra's Opinion
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06/19/2016
Absolutely! Bc they ARE GOING TO USE IT AGAINST USA to DESTROY US!
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Argument opposed

The export of technology used in nuclear power plants provides Americans with jobs and businesses with income. Preventing those exports from going to China would reduce U.S. influence on global energy and nonproliferation policies.

CosmosFristachi's Opinion
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10/19/2015
There's no point in further complicating our relationship with China over such a small issue. It will hurt the American economy and foreign relations offering no reason than a "middle finger to the commies."
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/19/2015
We don't need more Americans losing their jobs and having businesses fail due to this. Blocking the export will just create a bigger mess!
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pgshpak's Opinion
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05/15/2016
Either Americans can make money, or the Chinese will get this technology elsewhere (or steal it).
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What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 19?

This resolution would express Congress’ disapproval of the proposed agreement between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China to cooperate on issues of nuclear energy.


It would block the renewal of the
“Section 123” trade agreement that the U.S. has with China, which must be extended by December 2015 or U.S. companies would no longer be able to provide technology used in nuclear power plants to China.

Impact

Companies that would export nuclear technology to China, Congress, and the Chinese government.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 19

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) cited concerns about China’s willingness to abide by the terms of this agreement as a primary reason he introduced this disapproval resolution:

“During congressional review of this agreement, serious questions have been raised about China’s compliance with the existing nuclear cooperation agreement and Beijing’s intentions to violate the agreement now before Congress.”

In their press release, Sen. Rubio and lead cosponsor Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) also observed that China’s behavior has challenged U.S. interests. Specifically, they noted its continued theft of U.S. intellectual property, its military cooperation with Iran and North Korea, and tensions in the South China Sea

In expressing its support for the renewal of the 123 agreement with China — and its opposition to this resolution — the Nuclear Energy Institute noted that China’s construction of nuclear power plants could lead to between $70 - $204 billion in exports, and support 45,000 American jobs.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user JL Johnson // User47.com)

Official Title

A joint resolution to express the disfavor of Congress regarding the proposed agreement for cooperation between the United States and the People's Republic of China transmitted to the Congress by the President on April 21, 2015, pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.

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    IntroducedJuly 15th, 2015
    Why send our technology to any country that deals with our enemies?
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    China is not our friend. This is common sense.
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    There's no point in further complicating our relationship with China over such a small issue. It will hurt the American economy and foreign relations offering no reason than a "middle finger to the commies."
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    Absolutely! Bc they ARE GOING TO USE IT AGAINST USA to DESTROY US!
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    We don't need more Americans losing their jobs and having businesses fail due to this. Blocking the export will just create a bigger mess!
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    Either Americans can make money, or the Chinese will get this technology elsewhere (or steal it).
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    stop China and its aggression
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    China does not need our technology, the stole most of it already.
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    Contracts are sacred entities. If we have the justification that China is breaking their terms of agreement, then go ahead. But if this turns out that we are in the wrong, we've just made a really big enemy.
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    I think the Cold War-esque jitters are a bit too much. China will commit to cleaner energy before us and have an advantage that we've overlooked. This is about economics, not security.
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    Any issue Sen Rubio is pushing has got to be bad for ordinary citizens! It makes me wonder who bought & paid for this idea. And when will he back off because a higher bidder offers more money. It's hardly surprising that the con argument is about benefitting American businesses. The only citizen Sen Rubio cares about is the one who is currently writing him a check!
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    No point in blocking this. They already have the nuclear bomb. We shouldn't block this because we may also learn from their clearer energy technology.
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    Ummm, China creates dangerous and poisonous products that we import daily. They don't need anymore tools to help them do so.
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    Make them buy it
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    F Chi-Com gov.
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    This will only cause us problems in the future.
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    Yes block that Bill because China is not our friend and doesn't play by our rules. We need to stop the influx of their goods overflowing our American markets to make room for American goods
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    Haven't we learned anything from Afghanistan and when we armed them and trained them and it came back to bite us in the ass. Keep that technology here.
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    Nuclear Energy is safe, green and efficient. Any environmentalist should realize that if the worlds largest polluter is willing to invest in renewables, we should be willing, if not eager, to facilitate that.
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    Nuclear power is the energy source to save the world. Plus the export of our technology could mean the import of their MSR technology
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