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President Trump : Do Not Concede to China on ZTE!

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Alliance for American Manufacturing

President Trump has pledged to rebalance our trade relationship with China, and there are signs that he intends to make good on this promise. But his apparent intention to help a shady Chinese telecom company — one with direct ties to the Chinese government — would be a mistake.

ZTE is considered a major threat to American security. ZTE-made phones and other devices are not allowed to be sold on U.S. military bases, and American consumers have been warned to avoid purchasing ZTE products.

The company also has broken trade embargoes with Iran and North Korea. The Commerce Department rightly banned U.S. companies from providing exports to ZTE for seven years in response, which effectively puts the company out of business.

On May 13, President Trump tweeted that he is working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help ZTE “get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost.”

This is troubling. Aside from the obvious security concerns, right now the United States and China are in the middle of trade negotiations. Beijing has yet to agree to end any unfair trade practice or make any meaningful reform. There has yet to be any real progress on trade issues that cost American jobs.

Giving China this concession would be a grave mistake, one that hurts our negotiating power and threatens our national security. It’s time to get tough on China, not give in to their demands.

To President Trump:
I’m writing to urge you to uphold the Commerce Department’s decision to ban American companies from exporting products to telecommunications firm ZTE. This company, with its direct ties to the Chinese government, is a threat to our national security and has repeatedly broken U.S. law.

As you know, the Commerce Department found that ZTE exported U.S. technology to Iran and North Korea, violating U.S. sanctions. In response, ZTE was fined $1.19 billion. It was allowed to continue working in the U.S. as long as it reprimanded the employees involved in these violations. ZTE failed to do so, and Commerce rightly took further action.


In addition, ZTE is a national security threat. The Pentagon already has banned the sale of ZTE products on military bases, and consumers have been urged to avoid buying them because of security concerns.

Granting China this concession would be a mistake, especially since Beijing has yet to agree to end any unfair trade practice or make any meaningful reform. I encourage you to uphold the ZTE ban and remain tough on China.


Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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Congress: Don’t leave out millions of student loan borrowers

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The Pew Charitable Trusts




Petition By: The Pew Charitable Trusts

More than 43 million Americans owe over $1.4 trillion in federal student debt. As highlighted in recent Pew focus groups, many borrowers feel deeply responsible for repaying their loans. But like the parent pictured above, they have other responsibilities to juggle as well.

Making ends meet has become harder because of the coronavirus. In March, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress took an important step to help many borrowers by temporarily pausing payments and interest on student loans. But the legislation did not include millions of borrowers with federal student loans held by private companies under an old student loan program called the Family Federal Education Loan Program.

Let Congress know that ALL borrowers should be able to pause payments and interest if they need to.  Otherwise, there will be student loan winners and losers.

To Congress:
Thank you for supporting millions of student loan borrowers in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by suspending monthly payments and interest accumulation for federally held student loans. I recently learned that millions of federal student loan borrowers were left out of this temporary fix because they have commercially-held loans from the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program.
Federal student loan borrowers should not suffer if their federal student loans are held by private entities. All students who have federal student loans should have access to the same assistance during this pandemic, regardless of who holds their federal loan, which type of loan they have, or when they borrowed the money.
As Congress considers further legislation to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, please ensure that a legislative fix is included to extend coronavirus related student loan assistance to all federal student loan borrowers.
Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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