MEDIA ADVISORY: Bishop Announces Subcommittee Hearing on Improving Enforcement of Law Countering Uyghur Forced Labor
January 5, 2024
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability Chairman Dan Bishop (R-NC) announced a hearing on Thursday, January 11, 2024, to examine how to improve the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) enforcement of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), a law that works to combat the abuse of the Uyghur people in the Xinjiang region of China by preventing the importation of goods from the region.
On October 19, 2023, the Subcommittee held a hearing to evaluate DHS’s efforts to counter Uyghur forced labor. Witness testimony highlighted the ways in which DHS’s enforcement of the UFLPA falls short in preventing the importation of goods from the Xinjiang region of China into the United States.
“Congress passed the UFLPA two years ago with the intent of empowering robust enforcement against the importation of Chinese products produced with forced labor,” Chairman Bishop said. “However, enforcement of this law has been inconsistent at best, which has hurt America’s economic interests and allowed the unjust scourge of forced labor under the CCP to continue. In our last hearing on this topic, our witnesses detailed how products made with forced labor in China continue to enter the United States, as well as how the CCP’s exploitation of Uyghur forced labor undermines American manufacturers. I look forward to hearing from government witnesses in our next hearing about current enforcement efforts and the best path towards improving them.”
WHAT: A Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability hearing entitled, “Exploitation and Enforcement Part II: Improving Enforcement in Countering Uyghur Forced Labor.”
DATE: Thursday, January 11, 2024
TIME: 10:00 AM ET
LOCATION: 310 Cannon House Office Building
Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.
The hearing will be livestreamed on YouTube and the Committee’s website. The hearing will be open to the public and press. Press must be Congressionally credentialed and should RSVP by Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 6:00 PM ET.