McSally Introduces Bill to Prohibit Use of Taxpayer Funds for Chinese Drones
SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Thursday introduced legislation
to prohibit the use of federal funding to purchase drones manufactured in
communist China or by Chinese state-owned companies. The bill, Securing Our
Skies Against Chinese Technology Act 2020, would require U.S. private entities
and state and local governments to certify they are not using Chinese drones in
order to receive federal funds.
“At a time
when federal agencies are banning or grounding Chinese drones base on cybersecurity
concerns, China is now donating them to state and local law enforcement across
the United States,” McSally said. “This
is just another part of China’s ongoing effort to exploit the global pandemic
and it is unacceptable. We should not risk giving China the chance to spy on
Americans amid our efforts to combat the coronavirus. My legislation is a
commonsense step toward exposing communist China’s real intentions and shoring
up our national security.”
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- On May 13, 2020, members of the House Judiciary
Committee announced an inquiry into the use of Chinese-made drones by
local U.S. law enforcement agencies.
- In April 2020, news reports showed that
Chinese-based company Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) donated drones to dozens
of local and state law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
- In January 2020, the Department of the
Interior grounded all of its Chinese-made drones.
- In September 2019, members of the U.S.
Senate introduced the American Security Drone Act, which would prohibit
the U.S. government from purchasing drones from adversaries.
- In June 2019, members of the House Oversight
Committee sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary
Kevin McAleenan asking for more information on DHS’s warning about
- In May 2019, DHS warned U.S. companies about
the data security risks posed by Chinese-made drones, including those made
- In 2017, the DHS’s investigation unit warned
that DJI was "likely providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law
enforcement data to the Chinese government." The U.S. Army ended the
use of DJI equipment, and the U.S. Navy sent out a warning.