WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after the House voted in overwhelming bipartisan fashion create the Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party by a vote of 365-65.
Gallagher, who serves on the House Armed Services and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was selected by Speaker McCarthy to serve as the Committee’s Chairman.
“It is time to push back against the Chinese Communist Party’s aggression in bipartisan fashion, and today’s overwhelming bipartisan vote to create the Select Committee on the CCP is an important step in that direction. The next step is to populate the committee with serious members on both sides and get to work with a sense of urgency.
“I thank Speaker McCarthy for the opportunity to lead this committee and for laying out a compelling vision for how we can defend American interests and American sovereignty.”
In a floor speech urging his colleagues to support the committee, Gallagher said the Committee will focus on reclaiming U.S. economic independence in key areas and on exposing the Chinese Communist Party’s coordinated, whole-of-society strategy to undermine American leadership. He also stressed the importance of ensuring the Committee’s work is bipartisan and that the committee draws a distinction between the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese people.
Click HERE to read an op-ed from Speaker McCarthy and Chairman Gallagher outlining their vision for the committee.
Gallagher Announced as Chairman of Select Committee on China
December 8, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today was selected by Speaker-elect McCarthy to chair the Select Committee on China. Following his selection to lead the committee, Rep. Gallagher released the following statement.
“I’d like to thank Speaker-elect McCarthy for appointing me Chairman of the Select Committee on China and for his leadership on this issue. The greatest threat to the United States is the Chinese Communist Party. The CCP continues to commit genocide, obscure the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, steal hundreds of billions of dollars worth of American intellectual property, and threaten Taiwan. The Select Committee on China will push back in bipartisan fashion before it’s too late. Even in divided government, we have an opportunity to build a united front against CCP aggression.”
Leader McCarthy released the following statement on the selection:
“The Chinese Communist Party is the greatest geopolitical threat of our lifetime. We need a whole-of-government approach that will build on the efforts of the Republican-led China Task Force and ensure America is prepared to tackle the economic and security challenges posed by the CCP. That is why under a Republican majority, I will establish a Select Committee on China.
“To effectively lead this effort, we need someone at the helm who understands the complexities of this generational challenge. As a Member who served in uniform as a Marine Counterintelligence officer and has dedicated his time in Congress to understanding, educating, and defending America from the threat the CCP poses, Mike Gallagher is exceptionally qualified and is the right person to lead and advance this important agenda at this vital moment.”
Rep. Gallagher currently serves as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel. He has written extensively about how we can combat the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party, including: