House Republicans Seek to Ban DHS From Buying Chinese Batteries

A group of House Republicans has introduced additional legislation aimed at preventing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from procuring batteries from six China-based companies.

Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, introduced the legislation, H.R.8631, on June 5, titled “Decoupling from Foreign Adversarial Battery Dependence Act.”

“We cannot continue ceding dominance over our critical supply chains to our greatest geopolitical rival. I am proud to introduce this legislation to ensure the Chinese Communist Party can’t exploit economic or security vulnerabilities that could be created through DHS reliance on lithium-ion batteries,” Mr. Gimenez said in a statement.

The six companies identified in the bill are Contemporary Amperex Technology Company (CATL), BYD, Envision Energy, EVE Energy, Gotion High-Tech, and Hithium Energy Storage Technology. If signed into law, the ban would take effect on Oct. 1, 2027.

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