Claudia Tenney on America Competes Act

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) today (February 4, 2022) released the following statement on the passage of Speaker Pelosi’s partisan America COMPETES Act.

House Democrats, following the lead of Speaker Pelosi, took an area of bipartisan agreement and urgent national need and used it as leverage to cynically push forth unrelated liberal priorities and poison pills. Despite being branded as legislation to compete with a rising China, the bill fails to address the full range of threats and national security concerns posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Instead of addressing critical needs, such as security assistance, export controls, and supporting our allies facing CCP aggression, the America COMPETES Act is full of wasteful spending and new left-wing programs that will only make America less competitive on the world stage. And let’s not forget that the bill was written entirely behind closed doors without any input from Republican members of Congress.

I introduced 10 amendments that would have fixed many of this disastrous bill’s worst provisions. They would have eliminated nonessential spending, added in bipartisan language to support American small manufacturing businesses, and secured our supply chains for critical goods. However, every single one was rejected by House Democrats. I could not, in good conscience, support this partisan sham of an attempt to level the playing field with our greatest threat on the world stage without these and many other much-needed amendments. Democrats in Congress have failed us all today, once again.

According to Rep. Tenney, dangerous provisions of America Competes Act include:  

  • Authorizes $8 billion for the Green Climate Fund, a U.N. slush fund that has already sent $100 million to the Chinese Communist Party and fails to include guardrails to prohibit this money from being used for Chinese solar panels, batteries, and other supply chains tainted by forced labor and genocide against the Uyghurs.
  • Creates “Climate Change Officers” within the Foreign Service, weakening our diplomats’ focus on core U.S. national interests.
  • Calls for elevating climate issues in U.S.-China bilateral relations when our focus should be on confronting the military, economic, and diplomatic threats China poses.
  • Omits core national security tools in the Foreign Affairs’ Committee jurisdiction, including security assistance and export controls, abandoning U.S. allies facing CCP aggression and failing to curtail CCP military modernization and weapons development including hypersonics.
  • Includes a $45 billion slush fund prioritizing labor unions and other political allies of the Biden administration.

Here is another perspective from National Public Radio:

The House passed a bill Friday (Feb 3) that Democrats say will increase U.S. semiconductor manufacturing and boost American competitiveness with China.

The America Competes Act passed 222-210, largely along party lines.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bill “will ensure that America is preeminent in manufacturing, innovation and economic strength and can outcompete any nation.”

The bill has a number of provisions, including $52 billion to make chips, $45 billion to improve supply chains for critical items and $160 billion for scientific research and innovation.

House Science Committee Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, told NPR that a major federal infusion in research is badly overdue — especially to help the U.S. go toe-to-toe with China.

“We’ve just got to compete. And we’ve got to hopefully feel like we’re a little step ahead. And that’s really a big goal,” Johnson told NPR. “Because as you know, our society is very different in the kind of freedom versus communism type of behaviors.”

Johnson said the legislation was also aimed at developing talent in the U.S. and fostering innovations in government labs that private companies could tap into for future products. Much of the research pieces in the bill, which has been in the works for years, included input from a range of private industry, academic experts and scientists who argue the U.S. needs a long-term commitment to seeding future breakthroughs that will prevent more jobs and manufacturing from moving overseas.

Liberal priorities, poison pills, CCP aggression, wasteful spending, left-wing programs, partisan sham, slush funds (twice), labor unions. Evidently Rep. Tenney intends to run a divisive campaign in NY-23.

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7 Responses to Claudia Tenney on America Competes Act

  1. Carol says:

    I am so grateful that I will not be in her district.


  2. Carol says:

    I am so grateful that I will no longer be in the 23rd congressional district. She is trying very hard to be a female version of Trump. She’s a right wing extremist, and even more devisive than Tom Reed. And a carpetbagger, to boot!


  3. Gary Perry says:

    How is Congresswoman Tenney a “carpetbagger”?

    A good example of a “carpetbagger” was Hillary Clinton when she ran for US Senator here in NY State


  4. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Gary Perry,

    A carpetbagger is defined as (I believe you know) a political candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connections.

    Claudia Tenney resides in New Hartford, NY.
    This is about 65 miles east of the easternmost boundary of the current NY 23.
    This is about 80 miles NE of the NE boundary of the proposed NY 23.

    QED she is a carpetbagger.

    Senator Clinton (My God Bless Her!!) is far in the past now. But of course, some people live in the past.

    The Former Guy can’t get past the 2020 election. Neither can anyone in his cult.
    Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

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  5. Carol says:

    Thank you, Arthur. You hit the nail right on the head.


  6. Gary Perry says:

    Really Arthur and Carol…. if the district is redrawn and now includes Congresswoman’s Tenny’s residence how does this make her a carpetbagger !?!?
    I find it hard to believe that Claudia Tenny would run in a district she does not reside in.
    I would wait until the law suit is settled over redistricting before getting g all worked up over this.

    How many out of state and out of District Congressional Democrat candidates have run in the Hudson Vally Congressional districts ?

    I’m not living in the past, just calling out the ridiculous case of carpetbagging by Hillary Clinton for picking a Blue State and moving as close to NY City without actually living in NY City.
    She certainly didn’t buy a home in the real upstate NY when she could have just as easily picked a new ho.ein any one of thousands of locations.

    Here in the southern tier we are still waiting for those 200,000 jobs Hillary promised to create when elected to the US Senate !


  7. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Gary Perry –

    Here is a link to NY 23 as currently drawn.
    Note well that New Hartford, Tenney’s city of residence, does not even appear on the map.
    Ergo, Tenney’s not a resident of current NY23.

    Here is a link to an article about the redrawn NY23
    Note well that New Hartford is not part of the district.

    Here is a quote from the article:
    “Tenney’s hometown of New Hartford, a suburb of the city of Utica, is not part of the redrawn NY-23. That part of Oneida County, along with southern Broome County, including Binghamton, would join NY-19, much of which is now represented by Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck. “

    Therefore, Tenney is going to be a resident of NY-19 running for elected office in NY-23.

    A carpetbagger!

    As to Clinton

    Hillary Clinton’s last year as Senator was 2008. She resigned from the Senate on January 21, 2009.

    Which means that she hasn’t held elective office for 13 YEARS! Talking about Clinton is certainly talking about ancient history.

    Unlike talking about The Former Guy, who has lost the support of Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, Mitt Romney…and continues to lose the support of Former True Believers every single day.


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