Google Chinese Relationship Sparks Congressional Concern
Posted June 21, 2018
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senator Marco Rubio
(R-Florida), Congressman Mike Conway (R-Texas), Congresswoman Liz
Cheney (R-Wyoming), and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger
(D-Maryland) today sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai
expressing concern about Google's relationship with the Chinese
telecom company Huawei because of its potential threat to U.S.
"Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Huawei, have
extensive ties with the Chinese Communist Party. As a result, this
partnership between Google and Huawei could pose a serious risk to
U.S. national security and American consumers," the members
The letter urges Google to reconsider their work with Huawai,
particularly in light of their decision to terminate a key
partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense known as Project
The full text of the letter can be found below.
June 20, 2018
Chief Executive Officer
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
We write to express our concerns about Google's "strategic
partnership" with Huawei Technologies. Chinese telecommunications
companies, such as Huawei, have extensive ties with the Chinese
Communist Party. As a result, this partnership between Google and
Huawei could pose a serious risk to U.S. national security and
Since the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released
its investigative report on the national-security issues posed by
Chinese telecommunications firms in 2012, U.S. officials have
publicly raised concerns about Huawei's ties to the Chinese
government. During a February 2018 hearing of the Senate Select
Committee on Intelligence, the heads of six U.S. intelligence
agencies warned American citizens not to use Huawei products or
services. At the same hearing, Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) Director Christopher Wray testified that he was "deeply
concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is
beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain
positions of power inside our telecommunications networks." The
concerns of the Intelligence Community are well founded: recent
reports indicate that a former U.S. intelligence officer charged
with spying for the Chinese government used Huawei technology to
communicate with his handlers.
In fact, Congress is considering a number of bipartisan measures to
address the threat posed by Huawei. Earlier this year, we
introduced the Defending U.S. Government Communications Act, which
would prohibit the U.S. government from purchasing or leasing
telecommunications equipment or services from Huawei or other
Chinese telecommunications companies. Both chambers of Congress
have included elements of this bill in the fiscal year 2019
National Defense Authorization Act. In addition, the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a measure that would
bar the use of the FCC's Universal Service Fund to purchase
equipment or services from companies deemed a national-security
risk, including Huawei. Over the coming months, the federal
government will likely take further measures to defend U.S.
telecommunications networks from Huawei and companies like it.
We urge you to reconsider Google's partnership with Huawei,
particularly since your company recently refused to renew a key
research partnership, Project Maven, with the Department of
Defense. This project uses artificial intelligence to improve the
accuracy of U.S. military targeting, not least to reduce civilian
casualties. While we regret that Google did not want to continue a
long and fruitful tradition of collaboration between the military
and technology companies, we are even more disappointed that Google
apparently is more willing to support the Chinese Communist Party
than the U.S. military.
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to your
response, including the rationale for your decision to partner with
Huawei but not the U.S. military, as well as your plans to mitigate
the grave risks of working with Huawei.
Fund the Troops First, says Conservative Action Project
Posted June 15, 2018
the Senate to work fulltime and overtime starting now until their
work is done. Working Americans do this, or they don't get paid.
Eliminating paid leave in August is nice but insufficient.
As we have outlined in previous memos, conservatives now call on
the Senate's leadership to use this critical time to pass all of
their appropriations bills, confirm President Trump's nominees, and
work to implement a strong conservative agenda.
Specifically, we call on the Senate to prioritize funding for the
troops. Before passing a funding bill for themselves, which the
Senate has indicated they are planning to do, the Senate should
immediately take up funding bills for the Department of Defense and
the Veteran's Administration. Fund the troops first. Fund Congress
Moreover, the substance of these funding bills is important. When
Congress passed its $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, it failed
to defund sanctuary cities, failed to defund Planned Parenthood and
failed to address any part of Obamacare. It also openly blocked
President Trump from building his border wall. The Senate should
use this current opportunity to address these long-standing
Finally, we ask the Senate to clear the historic backlog of
President Trump's nominees. There remain 156 nominees pending in
committee, and 108 available for immediate floor consideration.
This Senate has confirmed substantially fewer nominees under this
president than at similar times under his last four predecessors.
Despite progress on judicial nominees, there are now more judicial
vacancies than when Trump took office last year. Given this, we
urge the Senate to use the full weight of the Senate's rules
against Democrat obstruction of Trump's nominees.
The Senate must show it is serious about doing its job by using
this canceled recess to accomplish these priorities. We look
forward to supporting them in these efforts.
House Passes Trump Spending Cuts
Posted June 08, 2018
From The Hill 06/08/2018
House passes Trump's plan to claw back $15 billion in spending
The House voted along party lines late Thursday to pass a White
House proposal that would claw back nearly $15 billion in
previously approved government funding.
The House approved the measure in a vote of 210-206, with
conservatives calling it a step in the right direction after they
ripped into the price tag of the $1.3 trillion spending bill
President Trump signed earlier this year.
California: Better for Republicans
Posted June 08, 2018
According to Nancy Pelosi, the road to her becoming again
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives runs through
California. Her goal is to win the seats that Hillary Clinton
carried in the 2016 elections. These include seats that were in the
old conservative bastion of Orange County.
After the recent primary in California, that may be a little
more difficult than originally thought by the Democrats. The
reason: Republicans actually received more votes than Democrats in
4 of 5 of these seats.
CA 25: Congressman Steve Knight is on the Democrats target list.
Clinton won this district 50 to 43 percent. In the jungle primary
where all candidates run no matter their party, Knight received
52.8 % of all ballots cast to 47.2% for all Democrats combined.
CA 39: Congressman Ed Royce is retiring from this seat where the
Hispanic population is rising fast and the Asian population even
faster. Young Kim (a Republican) came in first. In second place Gil
Cisneros (the Democrat) sets up the November election. The total
Republican vote cast was 46,407 versus a total for Democrats of
37,873. Young Kim can win this seat if she runs a good campaign.
(Clinton won this district by 8 percentage points.)
CA 45: Congresswoman Mimi Walters is also on the Democrats
target list. Clinton carried this district by 5 percentage points.
The Republican vote total here in the primary was 54,623 versus
45,673 for the Democrats.
CA 48: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is being heavily targeted by
the Democrats (Clinton won the district by 48% to 46%). Once again
Republicans outpolled Democrats. This time the margin was 58,080 to
CA 49: This is the only one of the five districts discussed
where Democrats outpolled Republicans but not by much. Darrell Issa
is retiring. The totals were close: the Democrats received 56,488
to 54,136 for the Republicans.
What does the above show? It shows that Republicans must run
solid races in each of these districts but they can win even after
the Democrats spent millions of dollars to weaken incumbents and
hurt conservative challengers in open seats.
The Democrats can take back the House and win some of these
seats if we don't go all out to help conservative candidates.