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S. 511: Protect America’s Innovation and Economic Security from CCP Act

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Should the Justice Department have a program to counter Chinese espionage specifically?


In 2018, President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Justice Department initiative to investigate and tackle Chinese espionage. Nicknamed the China Initiative, its primary focuses included Chinese hacking, spying, stealing of American technology, and trade theft.

Supporters argue such a program is actually more relevant now than it was then, given such 2020s events as the Chinese spy balloon that floated over America for several days in January and February 2023, and rising concerns over potential surveillance of Americans through popular Chinese-based apps like TikTok.

However, Biden’s Justice Department ended the program in 2022. They insisted that they would still tackle such issues as trade theft and hacking globally, just without a China-specific …

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Rick Scott

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Florida. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 16, 2023
Length: 6 pages
Feb 16, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Feb 16, 2023

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2 Cosponsors (2 Republicans)

24% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 16, 2023

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