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S. 846: Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act

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Should local and state public transit agencies be punished for buying buses or rail cars from China, given that the country could potentially use them to spy on us?


Not a single U.S. company currently produces rail cars for subway or train systems. So when a public transit system is seeking bids to purchase more rail cars — as Washington D.C.’s WMATA currently is, for example — there are no domestic options.

Chinese companies can bid at very low prices thanks to government subsidies, particularly their state-owned rail company China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. (or CRRC).

Major American cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia have all recently purchased rail cars from China.

However, the threat of Chinese spying through their rail cars appears plausible, since other ...

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John Cornyn

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Texas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Mar 14, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

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Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted, so there will not likely be further activity on this bill.

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S. 1790: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 20, 2019. (compare text)
3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 14, 2019

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Apr 9, 2019
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S. 846 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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