Scott Perry, Representative for Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district introduced in Washington, on October 1, 2020 a bill to protect Americans from Chinese criminal activity.
Perry introduced legislation to add the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the Top International Criminal Organizations Target (TICOT) List and provide the United States law enforcement agencies a strategic directive to target the CCP’s malign activity.
The TICOT List is an intragovernmental effort to identify and eliminate the international criminal organizations that pose the gravest threat to U.S. national interests. The CCP’s coordinated and government-directed theft of American intellectual property, cyber-attacks on U.S. systems, espionage, and international fentanyl trafficking, are amongst the top reasons the CCP qualifies to be on the TICOT List.
“The thugocracy that is the Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for its international crimes and face the full force of the U.S. law enforcement agencies,” said Congressman Perry. “The CCP is an existential threat to American freedoms and liberties, and the United States must deploy an all-of-government approach to combat its malign behavior. For decades, the aggressive, illegal behavior of the CCP has cost Americans millions of jobs, billions of dollars in intellectual property value, and the independence of our academic institutions.”
Perry introduced the legislation with Reps. Tim Burchett (R-TN) and Scott DesJarlais (R-TN).
This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.