Wisconsin Republican says US must not rely on China for critical supplies

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherRep. Banks launches bid for RSC chairman Hillicon Valley: House FISA bill in jeopardy | Democrats drop controversial surveillance measure | GOP working on legislation to strip Twitter of federal liability protections Lawmakers introduce bill to invest 0 billion in science, tech research MORE said on Hill TV’s “Rising” Tuesday morning that the U.S. must work to become independent from China, not relying on the country for critical supplies like pharmaceuticals. 

He noted that a significant percentage of active ingredients in over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen and antibiotics such as penicillin are imported from China. 

“As we’ve seen throughout the coronavirus crisis, this was a huge mistake, it creates a dangerous dependency,” he said. “And when you have Chinese communist party officials threatening to cut off exports and plunging the united states into an ocean of coronavirus… I think we need to look at how we reduce that vulnerability so we don’t find ourselves in a similar situation.”

Gallagher and Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonDemocrats call on FTC to investigate allegations of TikTok child privacy violations GOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas Chinese official accuses US of 'pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War' MORE (R-Ark.) introduced a bill earlier this month that seeks to limit U.S. imports from China. 

He said the bill seeks to “require the FDA to track API and to tell us if indeed there is a dependency on a foreign country” and prohibit government purchases from China for certain medical resources.