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.
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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.
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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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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- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Foreign RelationsIntroducedJuly 15th, 2015
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