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House conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill

House conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill
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House conservatives are criticizing a bipartisan bill authored by Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress MORE (D-N.Y.), saying it does too little to protect American interests from Chinese threats.

The conservative Republican Study Committee, which has 154 members and is the largest GOP caucus in Congress, said the bill is too expensive in an internal memo obtained by The Hill.

It also said the bill should take tougher actions against China for stealing intellectual property rights and for industrial espionage.

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The memo criticizes the Endless Frontier Act, a $100 billion bipartisan bill proposal aimed at reinvigorating the National Science Foundation to compete with China. 

The Endless Frontier Act is co-sponsored by Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungThis week: Democrats face fractures in spending fight Bipartisan lawmakers want Biden to take tougher action on Nicaragua Senate passes long-delayed China bill MORE (R-Ind.).

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The legislation would provide $100 billion over five years to the National Science Foundation for research, development and manufacturing of critical technology. 

It is scheduled to be marked up in the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Wednesday, paving the way for a possible vote in the Senate. 

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A companion bill to the Endless Frontier Act was introduced in the House by Reps. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaKhanna outlines how progressives will push in climate infrastructure proposal Fresh hurdles push timeline on getting China bill to Biden New report reignites push for wealth tax MORE (D-Calif.) and Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherBiden budget includes 0M to help agencies recover from SolarWinds hack in proposed budget GOP lawmaker calls for Wuhan probe to 'prevent the next pandemic' Lawmakers introduce bill to protect critical infrastructure against cyberattacks MORE (R-Wis.), both members of the House Armed Services Committee.

The Republican Study Committee's memo calls for $20 billion in the Endless Frontier Act to be directed toward the defense budget.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, and other conservatives have sought to paint the Biden administration and Democrats as weak on China, an argument sure to be a GOP theme in next year's elections. 

At the same time, legislation on China has been seen as a potential area of compromise given antipathy in both parties toward Beijing's practices. Those hopes are reflected in the bipartisan support for the Endless Frontier Act.

Scott Wong contributed to this report.