As Congress’ concerns continue to grow about China’s spying capabilities, a bipartisan group of senators say the US should get out of the Chinese drone buying business. That is why Florida Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Virginia Senator Mark Warner have introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2023. The bill would ban the federal government from buying drones from China and other countries that are deemed to be national security threats.
The RESTRICT Act would give the Department of Commerce the ability to strengthen regulations and penalties that could include a ban of tech companies like TikTok that are seen as a national security threat from China and other places.
Democrats are gathering in Philadelphia this week for their annual winter meeting. While the members participate in panels and cocktail hours, the finale of this meeting will bring a massive change to the political landscape.
Casey Burgat, political scholar from George Washington University, explains the concessions Speaker Kevin McCarthy had to accept to get the necessary votes to become Speaker of the House, and how they might weaken the power the Speaker holds.