U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) was joined by U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) in introducing legislation. S.5037, the Ending China’s Unfair Advantage Act, would end American taxpayer handouts to China.
The Ending China’s Unfair Advantage Act prohibits U.S. funding going to the Montreal Protocol, a United Nations treaty, until China is no longer treated as a developing country.
Currently, China is defined as a developing nation under the Montreal Protocol. This allows China to abide by a different set of rules and access funding – including American taxpayer dollars – from the multilateral fund.
“China is the second largest economy in the world – a far cry from a developing country. There is no reason why China should get to play by a different set of rules, let alone get a handout paid for by American taxpayers,” said Barrasso. “The United States Senate recently voted unanimously in agreement that China should not be defined as a developing country. Our bill forces the United Nations to do the right thing and end this unfair advantage for China.”