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>> let us gavel in and begin as this hearing is fully virtual we must address a few housekeeping matters. the chair or staff did he say ig nated by the chair may mute participants' microphones when they are not under recognition for the purposes of eliminating inadvertent background noise. members are responsible for muting and unmuting themselves. if i notice that you have not unmuted yourself, i may ask you if you would like the staff to unmute you. if you indicated approval by nodding, staff will then go ahead and unmute your microphone. i remind all members and witnesses that the five-minute clock still applies. if there is a technology issue, we will move to the next member until the issue is resolved and you will retain the balance of your time. you will notice a clock on your screen that will show how much
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time is remaining at one minute remaining, the clock will turn yellow. 30 seconds remaining i will gently tap the gavel to remind members their time is almost expired. when your time has expired clock will turn red and i will begin to recognize the next member. we will begin with the chair and rampging member and members present will be recognized in order of seniority. members not present at the time the hearing is called to order will be recognized. finally, house rules require me to remind you that email address has been provided in advance to your staff.
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fiscal year 2022 budget request. thank you for being with us today, madam secretary. 2022 budget request proposes a bold $2.5 billion increase to further its vital role following the pandemic. competitive in a global trade market and finally restoring america's position as a global leader and semi conductor production.
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increasing broad band deployment so everyone has the opportunity to participate in our modern economy and education system, request also includes initiatives in weather, climate, oceans research and services that will emprove our resiliency to climate change, reate jobs and prosperity. our global competitors and adversaries will often seek to undermine or circumvent our trade laws, steal our intellectual property and impose retaliatory tariffs or other barriers to trade. that is why i'm glad to see a continued commitment for staffing resources for bureaus
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on trade enforcement and export controls. our hearing today will focus on the budget request, we want to discuss other areas of general oversight concerning the department of commerce i look forward to hearing more about requirements for the u.s. census bureau. it goes without saying that the census bureau had an enormous, unprecedented task in conducting its operations in the midof a global pandemicic, but concerns persist around a potential undercount, especially of those in hard-to-count and minority communities. i would also like to highlight a couple of other issues. first, when the pandemic struck, the office of management and budget sent congress a formal letter, requesting supplemental funds to deal with internal
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impacts of that upheaval. for whatever reason the commerce department was one of the only federal agencies that the previous administration chose not to include in that request. i hope this administration will not let that sort of thing happen again. second, i want to make sure you're aware of ongoing issues with hiring, most notably at noaa. your proposal includes an increase of $1.4 billion for noaa, which would certainly necessitate considerable hire ing. my advice to you is that you begin to address that problem right away. we need noaa to play a very big role in addressing climate change. they need to be firing on all
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cylinders. only organization is only as good as its people. please make streamlining the hiring process a priority. while we look forward to receiving the full budget request from the administration in the near future, what we know, based on the initial top line request illustrates a serious commitment to reinvesting in the improvement of the overall quality of life for the american people and restoring america's competitiveness and position as a leader in the global economy. and we know this proposed investment will only be augmented by funding from the administration's american jobs plan. i am looking forward to hearing more from you on how the american jobs plan will work in concert with the budget proposal. and now i would like to yield the floor for the opening statement from our distinguished
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ranking member. >> thank you shall mr. chairman. it's great to be with you today. thank you for yielding. i appreciate you holding this hearing today. i'm pleased to be joining the subcommittee today to hopefully learn more about the department of commerce fy2022 discretionary budget as you rightly mentioned. first i would like to recommend secretary ramaindo for her inaugural congratulations. your stewardship of the department is important to our nation, all of our communities and we sincerely do wish you the best. i wholeheartedly support the department's efforts to promote job creation, economic competitiveness and protect our nation's inmow vaters and
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manufacturers from unfair trade practices. in the last few years, the commerce department has stood up more for manufacturing jobs in alabama and across the united states than i believe any time in recent history. i hope and did expect that you will continue to make america industry a top priority. as you well know, beyond fostering jobs and opportunities for the people of north alabama and across our state and across our nation, the commerce department also oversees many other important programs. this includes critical activities at noaa, including the provision of daily weather forecast, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring, along with efforts to support fisheries and foster marine commerce. the important work being done by the alabama water center and the vortex southeast program remains
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critical to people of my state and also my district. in addition, the department of the national institute of standards and technology works to advance measurement of science, standards and technology in the ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. truly at the forefront of many exciting and life-altering technoloical advancements of today. these are a few of many important missions at the commerce department, and i hold them in high regard. and while the scarce budget details have been provided fall short, i have taken note of the administration's summary for the department of commerce and the program increases you highlighted. unfortunately, it's impossible to assess or if there's going to be trade-offs that are being made. nevertheless, i believe there
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will be opportunities to find agreement on measures that help advance manufacturing and also innovation to improve weather forecasting, spur much-needed economic development as well. but going forward, i strongly encourage to you put forth a budget submission with a serious focus on developing and implementing a strong export control strategy that matches the enormity of the threat that's posed by china. and i further urge a greater focus on addressing unfair foreign trade practices and barriers that harm u.s. workers and businesses. i look forward to discussing these and many other important matters with you today during our hearing, and i will have questions about trade enforcement, particularly when it comes to aluminum, the importance of securing our microelectronic supply chain and the office of space commerce, just to name a few. we want to work with you to
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ensure the programs you administer are as effective and that they're as safe as possible. and i look forward to working with our chairman, chairman cartwright, and our full committee chairman, to make sure we do everything to support the many missions under the department of commerce in this year's appropriations process and as it does move forward. we sincere sincerely appreciate you being here with us and making yourself available this afternoon. we look forward to receiving the department's complete budget submission in time to fully review it before the chairman initiates the markup. thank you for yielding this afternoon and i look forward to the hearing. >> thank you, mr. aderholt. at this time, it is my pleasure now to turn to the chair of the full commitment, representative deloro, for any statements she
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would like to make at this time. >> thank you so much, mr. chairman, and thank you, ranking member aderholt. welcome secretary ramaindo for your first appearance before this subcommittee. it was such a great pleasure to welcome you to connecticut earlier this week as we talk more in depth about the profound ways in which registeed apprenticeships can help our workers build successful careers and a path to a broader and successful future. i appreciate the work you're doing to build back better, revitalize our workforce following the devastation of the covid-19 pandemic. i'm so grateful for the work you've been doing, especially as it relates to women. and strengthening of the care economy. while this is not something specific delivery within the jurisdiction of the department of commerce, i do want to stress the importance of addressing the issues we have seen in the child
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care economy that have been further exacerbated by this pandemic so that women and mothers can go back to work. as you know, the recent release of the 2020 census results showed a somewhat surprising drop in the birth rate, despite surveys that show women want to have as many babies as ever. i think there's no doubt this is due in large part to the so-called she session and lack of child care, daycare and educational resources for american families across the income spectrum. again, i think this is particularly important part of what you are doing, madam secretary of state, in your work to bring back our economy and to create jobs. let me turn more specifically to the biden administration's funding request for the department of commerce. as you know, the 2022 discretionary request for the department is $11.4 billion, 28% increase. it includes significant increases for the national
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institute of standards and technology, nist, manufacturing program and national oceanic and atmospheric administration. as someone from a coastal district, i know how important it is for noaa to continue investing in climate resilience and supporting coastal communities. this funding request also includes $500 million over 2021 for the next generation of noaa satellites, incorporating a diverse array of new technologies, which would improve data for weather, climate forecast and provide critical information to the public. finally in addition to the specific funding proposals, the administration is also sending a strong signal, support for trade enforcement and addressing unfair trade practices will continue. i fully believe that these important initiatives coupled with further investments in
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american jobs will spur economic growth, create jobs and play a crucial role in resightalizing our economy. and i look forward to learning more about the administration's plans for the future. so, let me say thank you again to you, secretary ramaindo, and for all your tireless work, for joining us to discuss these critical issues. and let me say thank you to chairman cartwright and ranking member aderholt. and i yield back. >> thank you, chair delauro. at this time, secretary ramaindo, i'm going to recognize you for five minutes of your testimony. the clock is visible to you, i believe. we ask that you abide by that and don't worry about leaving out points, because we will be including your entire written testimony in the permanent record. at this time, secretary
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ramaindo, you are recognized for five minutes. >> thank you. it is a great pleasure for me to be here. i like forward to doing that for you soon. >> the department of commerce, which is a 27% increase above the 21 enacted levels. reasonably significant increase. with these funds, we will be able to maintain existing programs, but also make critical investments necessary to boost the nation's ability to address the crises we face today. i will say, we all have the task of working through the appropriations process in light
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of incredible crises. we are facing four simultaneous crises of unprecedented scope. first, a once-in-a-century pandemic that has already claimed the lives of half a million americans. second, an economic crisis that has been punishing, and still we have nearly 10 million people out of work. third, a national reckoning of race inequality and fourth, the growing threat of climate change. the department of commerce will play an integral role in addressing each of these crises. as some of had you mentioned, nist has already been critical. nist research has developed a way to increase the sensitivity and accuracy of the common swab test for covid-19. the eda has already awarded more than $1 billion in grants to
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help communities and businesses across the country recover from the economic crisis. the mbda enabled technical instance programs to help minority interpries execute on about $8 billion of transactions in 2020 and noaa continues to save lives and property by providing early warning systems and decision support tools to avoid the most devastating impacts of extreme weather events, many of which i don't have to tell you are increasing in frequency and intensity, of course, due to climate change. i'm very proud of the work that the department has done and is doing to confront these crises, but i am very aware of the challenges that remain. do the work necessary to help build back better after these
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crises. i look forward to talking with you over the next however many minutes. permit me to highlight a few of the initiatives included in the increase discretionary request. first, there is significant investment, additional investment in manufacturing, including in the manufacturing innovation institutes program and the manufacturing extension partnership there's additional money for eda, including in the assistance communities, substantial investments in noaa, to ensure that we have climate science, improvements in weather and climate and additional investments in nist to spur research and technological innovation by expanding scientific and technical research.
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as many of you said, we have to lean in to improve our nation's competitiveness. we have to make our decisions based upon science. with an eye toward equity and i look forward to working with all of you to create jobs, spur growth and do it in a way that supports american businesses and workers now and into the future. i'm very happy to take your questions. >> thank you, secretary raimondo. before we get into the question period, i would like to extend an invitation to you to visit my own district, northeastern pennsylvania, to see potential for growth in our area andnd our economic development needs. i do hope we can find a convenient time for that. perhaps this summer or fall, when most of the covid restrictions have been lifted. can i count on you to visit northeastern pennsylvania?
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>> absolutely. i would say i actually love being out in the community. i was with chair delauro, as she said, earlier in connecticut. last week i was in new hampshire. it's important to hear from the people we serve. thank you. >> i believe that. when you're in rhode island, if you take one wrong turn, you're in connecticut. >> hey, hey, hey. >> that would be a right turn, a right turn coming to connecticut, cartwright. >> i stand corrected, madam chair. i'm going to recognize myself for five minutes of questions. secretary raimondo, in his american jobs plan, president biden has proposed $50 billion for a new office in the department of commerce, quote, dedicated to monitoring domestic industrial capacity and funding investments to support production of critical goods,
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unquote. no additional details have been provided so far on this proposal. the first question is, can you provide more information on the specific activities this planned new commerce department office is to support? is the $50 billion in proposd funding for the office for a single year of operation, and will additional funding be sought for subsequent years? if so, how much funding do you imagine this requiring annually? >> thank you. so, obviously, more details will be forthcoming about this new office. but i will say a few things. the office is intended to help us deal with the challenges that we're seeing in our supply chains. i think we all realize during covid how vulnerable some of our supply chains are. too many things have been -- are being built offshore. and so we envision the office
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will have three primary functions. the first is monitoring, and commerce is well positioned to do that. so monitoring across critical supply chains to find where there are vulnerabilities for critical products. as a side note, i will say a year ago, i was the governor of rhode island, and struggling with the problems of our supply chain, as was tom wolfe. we couldn't get our hands on enough ventilators and enough ppe. so, monitoring is one of the key components. a second component will be grants. envision making grants out of this office to create new production capacity, particular ly for small and medium sized manufacturers, so they can make products in america. and finally an investment arm, which will allow commerce to partner with the private sector
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to address vulnerabilities and, frankly, get ahead of supply chain resiliency issues. and it's envisioned that this money would be spent over several years. >> thank you for that. the next question is about smaller and mid-sized communities, like the ones in my district. they don't have the resources to invest in professional grant writers and they don't have the ability to monitor grant opportunities. certainly my staff work around the clock to help our constituents and the local municipal officials and chamber s of commerce, but we can't be everywhere. what will you do to make sure communities like mine are understanding what opportunities are available and getting full consideration as this additional money is spent?
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>> thank you for that question. and, again, i hear you, because, as you pointed out, rhode island is a small state, and a lot of small communities, and they don't have the personnel power to do that work. in both mvda and eda, a significant portion of the funds will be dedicated to doing exactly what you're talking about, which is to say providing local communities technical support and assistance so that they can, in fact, access the monies, do the grant writing, hire consultants and such to augment their own staff so they'll able to be eligible, successfully, for the eda funding, mvda funding and some of the department's other funding. >> thank you for that. we'll go into the second round
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of questioning, but i want to yield the floor to ranking member aderholt for five minutes of questions. >> thank you. >> thank you, mr. chairman. >> section 232 could be utilized in a much better way to stem the tide of well-documented subsidies that provide overcapacity in china. aluminum industry in particular, the execution of the program and exclusion process has actually been hurting domestic aluminum producers rather than actually helping them. in december, the commerce department surrounding changes to the exclusion process but acknowledged technical and polishes remain. and i believe some of the changes that were made, like the new general proved exclusion deserves a reexamination.
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will you and your team take a look at the process, and assess the impact to address these various countless problems we're seeing in the u.s. industry as highlighted? >> thank you for the question. it was to protect the aluminum industry from mainly china from dumping cheap aluminum steel into our markets. having said that, the exclusions process, which was intended, as you say, to help consuming industries, has had challenges. and for a while, there were back logs. i'm very pleased to say the department has improved and currently it's substantially
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reduced the amount of time it takes to receive an exclusion. we're down to about 50 days to grant an exclusion from the time it's asked for till the time it's granted. having said that, the answer to your question is, yes, i think there is continued room for improvement and i would welcome an opportunity to visit with you and hear your feedback on how you think we can continue to improve. and continues sins the chairman invited to you pennsylvania, i would like to extend the invitation to alabama. >> my father went to the university of alabama, which is a story i can go over with you when i visit you. he was an italian kid from providence, served in the second world war and got the gi bill and went to university of alabama. so, we are big roll tide people in my family. >> well, i represent tuscaloosa,
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so that would be perfect. maybe we can get you over to tuscaloosa. >> let me switch about dealing with weather. in march, the washington post reported that the national weather service internet systems were crumbling as key platforms are being tacked and failing. a vital resource for relaying information crashed. it had to switch to an instant menling service just to keep people informed. these revelations are serious. there is strong bipartisan support for addressing this issue. it is my hope that fixing these systems will be one of your top
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priorities as you take the helm there at department of commerce. can you explain what's going on with the disemnation of weather information to the public and what your fy22 budget proposal is to do about this? >> yes. thank you. and i share your concern. the systems and rt are older and given the severity and frequency the demand for weather services has been frankly outstripping our ability to supply that information. the pre's discretionary budget calls for over $1 billion of additional funding into bella
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and a good portion of that ought to be to improve science technology systems exactly as you say. and i will committee to working with you to prior tying that. >> thank you for your commitment on that. so, i can -- you're saying with confidence that the fy 22 budget contains enough to fix the problem as soon as possible? >> i am saying that when the details are -- i will go through them carefully and make sure that is the case. but, yes, i believe the answer is yes. >> thank you. thank you, mr. chairman. >> thank you. at this time, the chair
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recognizes chair delauro for her questions. >> by the way, i know you were in joe courtney's district so that means another trip to connecticut for my district. i will just say this. i don't want to take away from your time or my time, but rhode island and connecticut go back and forth as to who has the most italian-americans, you know. and i fight with cicillini all the time. it has to be connecticut. i know we'll continue to fight as well. critical mission for the commerce department and to ensure workers thrive in that market, the department has to ensure we're enforcing trade laws to maybe sure foreign governments play by the rules and are in compliance. what do you have as secretary of commerce moving forward, what is the administration's trade
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enforcement agenda going to look like to protect american workers and businesses? >> yes, thank you. so, first of all, i couldn't agree more that american workers deserve a level playing field and everybody needs to play by the same rules. that's what this is all about. so we need to disseminate the rules and then enforce the rules. quite fankly, ensure that our allies enforce the rules. one of my areas of focus will be to work more closely than, say, the last administration with our allies to align around not only policies but enforcement. so that's enforcement of the entities list. that's enforcement of contaband
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duties, to make sure we do the enforcement. i.t. protection. we have a china team within the department of commerce. it's vital we have strong patents but also that they're enforced. and so i had a meeting just this morning, talking with ita, to talk about this very issue, which is the rules are only as good as the enforcement. and so we intend to execute on that. >> thank you. i was really pleased to see within the last 24 hours that the administration lifted the waiver on -- for india and south africa to be able to deal with manufacturing, the vaccines that are needed in those countries and india particularly being devastated. so, thank you for that. and i know we want to protect intellectual property but when you're looking at intellectual
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property versus saving lives, i'm so pleased that the administration moved in the direction that you did. let me also ask -- >> i just say on that, congresswoman, you were clear with that about me when i saw you monday. and i was clear about expressing your strong support. >> yes, thank you. thank you very, very much. it really is -- i can't tell you how excited and pleased we all are, and what that means for those countries. in section 6001 in the american rescue plan is $3 billion there for the economic adjustment assistance fund, to help communities impacted by loss of travel, tourism. can you talk about that a little bit and how that might be implemented? >> yes. so, it's a floor of 750 million out of the 3 billion that will
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go specifically to travel about tourism. i don't need to tell anyone in this meeting how devastated the travel and tourism industry has been. i saw it in rhode island. you see it in connecticut. small hotels, restaurants, et cetera. we will be, very soon, working very hard to get that money out later this spring. $750 million to every state should benefit, and we will send it out in grants to communities so that they can use it right away to help get their industry back on track. >> uh-huh. thank you. thank you very, very much for that. i'm going to -- you know, we can talk at some point about, you know, again a little bit out the scope but, you know, and you're helping to support and bolster
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the infrastructure of the economy, which is such a critical issue as we move down the road. delighted you are there, and look forward to working with you very closely. thank you so much. and i thank my colleagues and chair and the ranking member, and yield back my time. at this time the chair recognizes mr. klein for five minutes of questions. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i appreciate you and ranking member aderholt holding today's hearing. i want to welcome the secretary. i wish we were in person. i saw your testimony before the senate appropriations committee a few weeks back and it was nice to watch a committee working and you in front of them answering questions. but this will have to do today. as our nation moves forward and continues to recover from the devastating effects brought on by covid-19, it's vital we are ensuring that businesses can remain open so our economy is
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thriving once again. i want to go specifically to an issue that affects my district lumber prices. lumber prices have been quite volatile in the wake of the pandemic over the last year. lumber prices have been skyrocketed with oriented strand board jumping over 250% since march of 2020. a sheet was $20 while today it's over $60 a shaet and climbing. overall lumber prices have tripled and the increase trans lalts to a $36,000 increase in the price of the average single fam wli home. this has ripple effects across the economy. we are seeing a buying panic around the country as home prices jump. can you discuss what resources may be available or have been dedicated by the department to look into the causes of skyrocketing lumber prices and what impact this is having on the economy and can you committee to working with industry stakeholders and congress to identify the challenges and solutions to the
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current crisis we are experiencing in. >> thank you for your question. so, first, let me say i agree with you that the home building industry and the housing sector is a vital portion of our economy, and they are struggling, as you say. a lot of supply chains have been disrupted during the pandemic. it isn't just lumber. we see it across the board. i see it across the board in the work that we are doing. so many supply chains have been disrupted. recently, ita has been doing a good deal of convening of stakeholders to try to learn exactly why this is happening and what i can commit to you is to follow up with you to to work collaboratively with you. i actually would love your guidance on what you think could be done. so right now we are trying to get under the covers of what's going on, what are the root
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causes, and then what can we do at ita to try to solve the problem because i understand the problem and it affects the whole industry. >> great. thank you very much. moving over to another industry, congress established a clear division of responsibility for spectrum manage. the fcc is responsible for commercial spectrum and ntia is responsible for several government spectrum. in recent years over federal agencies do think that they are responsible for their own spectrum management rather than ntia how can we ensure ntia fulfills its statutory mandatory to fulfill federal spectrum. >> i will assure you that that will happen. as you said, that's ntia's job. the truth of it is we have to make more spectrum available if we are going to move forward with 5g and all of the
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innovation that surrounds 5g and all of the job creation that will come in america if we lead in 5g. it sometimes that means ntia may have challenging conversations with, say, the dod, but that is what needs to happen. and so we are going to have, led by ntia, a whole of government spectrum strategy. i have actually talked to secretary austin about this and he is eager to be collaborative. that's -- >> that's led by ntia? >> that is led by ntia. absolutely. ntia needs to drive the bus on coming up with that whole of government strategy. >> okay. good. one more question before my time runs out. sometimes the sec's role as the manager of commercial spectrum and ntia federal spectrum come into conflict.
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how can we ensure that fcc and ntia work in partnership to address spectrum management issues that affect federal and commercial entities? >> what i will tell you, this is a priority of mine. i have already reached out to the acting chair of the fcc. its relationships, its collaboration, its better mapping, better data, and as i said, ntia in concert whole of government strategy. >> thank you. mr. chairman, i yield back. >> thank you, mr. klein. at this time the chair recognizes congresswoman grace meng of new york. miss meng, we are not buying that phony background, by the way. >> i knew you were too smart for that. my queens, new york city yard. thank you so much, madam
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secretary and congratulations. thank you, chairman, and raping member aderholt, for convening us today. madam secretary, i wanted to ask you seven as co-chair of the white house initiative on asiaing americans and pacific islanders, which is critical to ensuring the full participation of apas in this country. last year a provision in the annual spending bill directed congress to submit a report to the subcommittee on how it intends to ensure the initiative is a good fit at mbda versus previous administrations under departments of education and hhs. so can you discuss what your vision is for the initiative at mbda and how can it coordinate with local asian american community groups and other federal agencies? >> thank you for the question. and it was nice to see you
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yesterday at the aapi event. first of all, i would say that mbda has a great deal of expertise in convening stakeholders, working with local chambers. they have already will do consultation with asian american chambers. this is what they are good at. and then we'll use that information to provide support in two areas particularly. one is technical assistance, especially helping asian american-owned businesses, especially small businesses, get federal contracts, improve exports, you know, technical help for them. and then, secondly, grants. so, in fact, i have it here. mbda assisted aapi-owned businesses secure more than $35 million in contracts and
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$120 million in capital in fiscal year '20. so that's -- and that's a floor, right. and the president's budget, this budget that we are talking about now, '22, calls for significant more investment in mbda and we ought to work together to make sure that the asian american business community is, you know, gets their fair share, frankly. >> thank so much. if we can be of any help nationally or even in and around the region of new york, please don't hesitate. i wanted to ask a question about the census. just keep trying to think about how we approach this as a country over the past two years or so in conducting this last census. thinking that a majority of americans have smartphones now,
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giving them the ability to search information on the go. according to a pew research survey, nearly 80% of americans were cited as having a smartphone. so i just wonder if there is any thought or ability to consider federal agencies like commerce using a smartphone app or something that can be done on the go and more easily than just paper, for example, to help people fill out the census. >> yes t such a good question. and the answer is we need to get there. as a mother of two teenagers, i don't think my kid are going to be able to do anything without their smartphone. so, yes, we have to get there if we want to engage everyone. the census bureau now uses what they call responsive website design, which is, you know, mobile friendly, but with more
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resources the census bureau could definitely explore other options to support what you're talking about. mobile app development. and i would have to get back to you to give you a number on exactly how much that would cost, but i think designing that kind of mobile app would be an excellent, you know, an excellent thing to do. >> thank you. i look forward to t i yield back, mr. chairman. >> thank you, representative meng. and at this time the chair recognizes mr. garcia for five minutes of questions. >> thank you, chairman cartwright. madam secretary, a pleasure to meet you. hopefully, we can see each other in person one of these days. congratulations on appointment and i wish you betts of luck on this very challenging mission we collectively have here. i want to go back to a discussion that you were having earlier about the entity list,
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specifically the china team. i know dod and state department share a responsibility to ensure controlled items are going to the right folks. and given the environment that we're seeing right now with china effectively pirating and stealing loot of our ip and technologies real time, something that seems like innocuous technology, they are able to evolve further and use against us, can you speak a little bit deeper about what the china team is doing and how commerce is looking at enforcing the regulations, the licensing, the controls of inherent and embedded in some of these licenses underneath the entity list? >> yes. thank you for the question. i guess i would say, first i would say president biden has been crystal clear with us, his
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team, that the competition with china is among our top priorities. it is really. it is significant. china has proven over and over again that its willing to be anti-competitive, coercive, violate human rights, steal our technology, use it against us, and so the first thing you need to know is that we are taking it incredibly seriously and we are going to be as tough as we need to be. so, as a matter of policy, i guess strategy. the second thing is, with respect to technology, you're exactly right. which is why we have the entities list. since i have been congress secretary, we have already issued five or six -- don't quote me on the exact numbers -- subpoenas to chinese companies because we want to -- we're not joking around. i mean, if we are going to
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enforce the requirement and we're going to do that to the fullest extent possible. and then as i think i said to one of your colleagues, where we want to move is identify what's the key technology, like the absolutely core technology, chokepoints, and then work with our allies to make sure that they also aren't letting, you know, chooirn get their hands on this technology and then work with them for rigorous enforcement. >> great. i appreciate that sentiment. i think obviously that's a bipartisan national security concern. that's a real threat. so i really appreciate that. you know, i think a by proud of that, you alluded to it, is finding not only the chokepoints, but also the dependencies we're seeing in a lot of industries right now, a dependency on microchip, semiconductor, mimic technology
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coming out of the china and bl it was, you know, inadvertent in the heels of the pandemic or not, you know, is debatable. it's had a real impact on industry and production here. car manufactures closing down lines, et cetera. so that's encouraging to hear that will be in the spotlight. if i may pivot real quick, completely different subject. there is about a $500 million plug for noaa next generation satellites. i represented district in california that is susceptible and vulnerable to wildfires on an annual basis almost year round now. i supported an initiative to help noaa stand up an artificial intelligence center with the -- one of the missions being to help predictive and modeling analysis for wildfires. can you touch on noaa's responsibility and how they are progressing in helping us not only fight fires, but detect
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wildfires and plan assets around that briefly? >> yes. so, first, i would say with your permission, i would love to go deeper on that and come back you to, give you a proper answer exactly what they have done. what i can tell you is, really, what you just said, which is the $500 million is for next generation satellites. we are making a big push generally in noaa to improve the weather service, the weathertechnology, super computers. much of this money is to invest in basically next-generation science so that we can have the data necessary and then also continue to do an even better job disseminating that information to cities, towns, tribes, localities, the private sector. my opinion is that the value of this data is going to go up a lot in the coming years due to
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the extreme weather events and that will be a focus of mine. but i owe you a proper deeper answer on exactly what's been done with the wildfire weather service. i will get back to you. >> thank you, madam secretary. my time is up. i kbreeld yield back, mr. chairman. >> mr. case, you are recognize. >> mad sam secretary, i represent honolulu, hawaii, and with due respect to connecticut, pennsylvania, alabama, we also invite you here. the directions are not that complex. just get on a plane and head west ten hours looking for the sun. you should be able to find us. we hope to see you sometime perhaps after your summer visit to mr. cartwright's district. and by the way, i completely endorse my colleagues' questions and your answers on noaa. three colleagues have talked about the critical importance of
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noaa from the perspective of climate change, of course, being our number one challenge from a noaa perspective, but also the cutting edge oceanographic research that noaa does, fisheries management. our fisheries are endaged around the world. and atmospheric observation at places like monday low a here in hawaii hawaii. the last four years have been defensive and we want to go on the offense again with noaa. let me follow up on travel and tourism. you recognized the importance in your comments. i want to drive that point home with you and ask you specific questions. i don't think that most people realize the impact of travel and tourism through our national economy. before covid-19, u.s. travel and tourism accounted for $2 trillion in economic out put, somewhere in the range of 16
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million jobs. it was our second largest industry export after transportation. that surprises people sometimes. our second largest export industry in our entire country. people like to live here. visit here. that's an export industry. it was our seventh largest private employer. it has been devastated. everybody says that, but i don't think people realize the extent of devastation of the u.s. travel and tourism. a loss of somewhere around half of that economic output reduction in jobs by 30 to 40%. a reduction in federal, state, and county revenues as a result. i want to say that the response across the board by the federal government in terms of energy assistance has been uneven. we have seen the airline industry, which saw $75 billion of assistance, the restaurant industry, which is seeing right now about 25 billion of assistance.
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so $750 million that you are administering with the eda right now, i am i am grateful for, doesn't match up this terms of the overall impact to travel and tourism. and so in all honesty, we feel as part of the industry that we are getting lost in the shuffle. and part of that, i believe, has to do with the position given travel and tourism within the department of commerce. where it is, frankly, a sub-agency. it is an agency, but, you know, many, many countries are around the world, travel and tourism as a major area from the perspective of government organization and focus at the sub cabinet, even sometimes cabinet level. the u.s. travel and tourism advisory board, the formal advisor to the department of commerce, to you on travel and tourism sent you a letter march 4th providing specific recommendations on what the
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federal government can do. one of their primary recommendations to you was elevate travel and tourism within the department of commerce up to the sub cabinet level, create an assistant secretary for travel and tourism, create a national -- sorry, u.s. travel and tourism agency headed by an assistant secretary. do you have thoughts on whether you can support that recommendation to give far more emphasis and focus to national travel and tourism policy coming out of covid-19? >> yeah. so, first of all, let me say i did receive that letter and shortly thereafter on march 31st i convened and attended for over an hour i chaired a meeting of that tourism and travel board and had a great discussion, hearing from them, their issues, including assistant secretary idea, and i am planning on chairing a meeting of the tourism policy council shortly to discuss further.
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i agree with you that the 750 isn't enough. it's important and i'm working hard to get it out the door quickly. i do think there is merit to the assistant secretary position. i am not in a position to, obviously, commit to that on behalf of the administration, but i will tell you from my position as secretary of commerce i am hearing it over and over and i think there is merit to it and i would look forward to, you know, discussing it further with you and with the industry when i am doing all of this convening. >> thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. case. it time the chair recognizes congresswoman brenda lawrence of michigan for five minutes of questions. >> thank you, so much. it is always a pleasure to meet with you again, secretary. i have a few questions. when you met with the women's
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caucus, i wanted to reiterate how important it is, if we build back better, that we continue to commit to ensure that women are included in the training and the job opportunities and the investment in small businesses. as you know, women during this pandemic has been hit harder. the majority of the job loss and all that has fallen in the area of women and women-owned businesses. so i want to ask a question. from day one, biden, our president and administration have been working to fulfill the promise to build back better, and that these actions represent a strong commitment. however, i want to stress the importance of building back better that represents all of america. can you provide -- i would like to ask a question through the agencies like the eda, the mbda,
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as they continue to assist businesses across the country, how can we ensure that women, minority-owned businesses and traditionally underserved businesses are included in these efforts? >> thank you. >> how are we going to monitor it? >> so, first of all, thank you for the question. secondly, this is, as a former female business owner myself, this is a top priority of mine and, of course, the president is very clear. build back better means build back more equitably. >> yes. >> and so in -- sorry. can you hear me? >> yes, i can hear you. >> okay. in the 2022 budget the president calls for an increase of more than $20 million for mbda and to elevate the office to have an
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assistant secretary and authorize the mbda office, which i think is absolutely vital to your point of accountability, that is critical. so what i can tell you is in that office we are committed to making sure that the money gets to minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses as necessary. similarly, in eda, i will commit to you that everything we do in commerce, we will have an equity lens and make sure that the money that we put out into the community is done with stakeholder engagement and also, you know, with transparency so you will have accountability. in a yore, two years, we say, you know, [ inaudible ] that it will be done in an equitable way. >> well, thank you for that commit. we will keep repeating it
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because we know that we don't want anyone to get distracted. i, too, as all of these amazing invitations have come to you, you know that southeastern michigan, which i represent, has about 200,000 high-paying direct manufacturing jobs and the field is among the most technology advanced in innovation and production is forecast to continue increasing over the next three decades. what we have found in michigan is that wrongful death the -- we have the infrastructure and we are growing it and reinnovating to ensure that we stay competitive. i want to speak for the midwest. we are lock, ready, and ready to roll to ensure that manufacturing continues as we have seen it lose its place. we are going to build back better, that means reinvesting
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in our manufacturing and stop sending it overseas much. and so i would love to invite you to detroit and to have you sit down with some of our innovators and our manufacturing industry to discuss how we can partner and build back better in the manufacturing area, and we can expand it to the midwest and have a mid-western conference on building back the manufacturing industry. thank you. with that, i yield back. >> thank you. my in-laws all live in mount pleasant, michigan. >> oh, yeah? that's where central michigan, i went to college. >> that's where they were professors. they are chippewas at cmu. >> that's great. >> it would be grood to see you. >> good to see you, too. >> thank you, miss lawrence. and now the chair will recognize mr. trout of maryland for five minutes.
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and during your questioning, mr. trout, the chair expects that you will be obeying all speed limits and traffic signals. uh-oh. i scared him away. >> do we have a problem we need to discuss? >> i think we have a connection problem. mr. trout, you are recognized for five minutes, mr. froen, if you can do it. >> can you hear me now. >> yes. i can't hear you. you are muted. looks like you are muted, mr. trone. >> how about now? >> okay. now i can hear you. >> oh, man.
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great to see you again. i really enjoyed our visit to gaithersburg, maryland, to the nist facility for the vaccines. that was a good trip and we really appreciate it. i think you and i were both blown away by what's happening at nist from developing tools to advance bio manufacturing, biotherapeutics, developing strategies related it to new carbon sequestration, climate change, the one-of-a-kind fire research lab and robots. so much is hang at nist. nist is on the cutting edge of innovation, the facilities are from the 1960s.
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currently, nist has over $800 million in deferred maintenance backlog. it's only growing each year. and we all know that deferring maintenance only leads to more costly repairs once we have to make them. right before the pandemic we had pipe infrastructure, flooded the labs. over $5 million. repeated hvac shutdowns caused everybody to relocate the entire campus. the current facilities' condition assessment found 58% of the buildings are poor or critical condition. so the question is, how can we expect nist to help us deal with these leaking pipes, infrastructure so we continue the cutting-edge technologies? if you could speak to your
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priorities around expanding nist and supporting nist. >> yes. thank you for the question. and i also enjoyed meeting you. i appreciate you coming with me to that visit. i was, like you, both blown away with the quality of the science and we saw with our own eyes, the buildings have seen better days. and we have catalogued the needs, as you say. there is a huge backlog. the president's fiscal' 22 budget includes almost a $500 million addition for nist, and while the details that have haven't yet been released, i can just assure you, and we will stay in touch, that this is very much on our radar and a top priority. it's not -- everybody that works there deserves to be able to go
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to work in place that is safe and, secondly, we're making massive investments in artificial intelligence, research and development, et cetera, and we need to also improve the capital facilities there. and so as the budget details become available, we could continue this dialogue. but rest assured that, you know, there will be significant funding there. and it's definitely a priority of mine, having, you know, visited and seen it with my own eyes. >> that's great. thank you very much. let's jump to cyberattacks. increasing threats, not just the government, but also the business world that you come from and i come from. and homeland security and other defense, intelligence agencies play a leading role, but nist has an important role here, too. i would like you to tell us as
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much as you can publicly about the extent of the impacts to the department of the solarwinds hack and how much that we recovered from the damage that was done. >> yeah. thank you for the question. you know, it was significant. as a result, we are taking it very, very seriously. i can assure you that cyber will continue to be a main area of focus for nist. actually, in rockville, maryland, nist has the cybersecurity center of excellence and cyber will continue to be a great focus for us. as i said, there will be a lot more none coming into nist. commerce is also at the center of the icts work that the president signed, his executive order on that, and in that work we're going to be not only securing, you know, federal
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government networks, but also looking to help small and medium-sized companies who are increasingly hit with these attacks and, frankly, don't necessarily know how to handle it. and so that will be a continued focus for us. >> well, you anticipated my next question. that was helping those small businesses who can't respond like government can. so thank you very, very much for that. with that, madam secretary, great seeing. i yield back, mr. chairman. >> nice to see you. thank you. >> thank you, mr. trone. we have now finished our first round of questioning. madam secretary, i'll offer you a ten-minute recess if you would like one. looks like we have about another 20 minutes of questioning. what's your pleasure? >> i am happy to keep going if you guys are. if that's okay. >> very good n that case, i will
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recognize myself for a second round of questions. i want to talk about innovation and manufacturing. there are numerous proposals currently working their way through congress about how to improve american innovation. i certainly support many of these initiatives. i worry that we may be missing a bigger issue. america is already pretty good at innovation. the problem is taking that intellectual property, holding on to it and converting it into american manufacturing facilities so that the middle class sees the direct effect on jobs. i know this is a part of your personal story, seeing american manufacturing depart our shores, and you are welcome to comment on that. but here is the thing. we invented solar panels and semiconductor, but neither are
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being manufactured here much at all because other countries have stolen the intellectual property or are so heavily subsidized in manufacturing that we struggle to compete. so the question is, what are we doing to address these problems and increase american competitiveness? how do we convert american innovation into family sustaining blue collar jobs? >> thank you for the question. you're right. this is a passion of mine for those of you who don't know me. i come from rhode island. rhode island was once the jewelry manufacturing capital of the world. we had tons of jewelry manufacturing jobs here. my dad worked at the bull over a watch company. when he was 56, after 28 years, the factory closed, all the jobs went to china and it was really tough for my family and the whole community. so i have religion on this topic
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and i believe strongly that this is our moment to areshore a lot of manufacturing and receipt decent paying family supporting manufacturing jobs and it will be a primary focus of what i do. i think there is -- i will be very brief. there are things we can do on offense and things we can do on defense. on offense, we need to invest. you know, we need to make capital available to small and medium-sized manufacturers. the president's budget for commerce calls for big increases in the manufacturing extension partnership. i did -- i worked that as governor. we always had much more demand than supply. this absolutely will create manufacturing jobs. advanced manufacturing and innovation. the president's budget calls for a manufacturing center around semiconductors, making more semiconductors in america. we don't make enough
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semiconductor in america. i think big investments in research and development, job creation, access to capital for manufacturers, playing offense so we can reshore manufacturing. playing defense also, you know, tariffs, if necessary. like i talked about with the ranking member, countervailing duties and anti-dumping, have enforcement, export controls. so china can't get their hands on our technology, so they can flourish. i really do believe the next ten-mr. us years we can see a resurgence of manufacturing jobs in america. that is the president's, you know, focus and belief, and i am going to use the full set of tools in the commerce toolbox to do everything i can to get to that goal. >> i am glad to hear that. and now, madam secretary, you also did talk a little bit about
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intellectual property theft. how do we deal with i.p. theft issues, especially with countries like china? >> yes. first of all, i think it starts with having strong patent protection at home. my job, of course, will be to administer an effective, efficient, strong patent system through the usbdo. and then, secondly, we have to enforce the laws to the greatest extent possible and get our allies to do the same. this is a challenging issue and i welcome any advice from any of you at any time. china doesn't respect our i.p. they break the rules. and so it comes back to what i talked about with your colleague. it's about enforcement. and i can just say that under my watch at commerce we are going to spend as much time on enforcement across everything
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that we do as we are on promulgating policies. >> i thank you for that, secretary raimondo. and i want to yield the floor to our ranking member mr. aderholt for five more minutes of questions. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i want to follow up on the same line of questioning from the chairman and also from mr. garcia regarding technology. the bureau of industry and security administration the u.s. export control edge people to ensure that technology that is sensitive to our national security does not make it into the hands of our adversaries, and yet as one of my colleagues, representative mccaul, from texas, who is also the ranking member on the foreign affairs committee, appropriately noted just this week that one of the biggest challenges in our
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competition was the chinese communist party, is over the access to critical technology and its supply chain. yet our efforts to identify and control these emerging and foundational technologies are woefully insufficient and risk turning into a hollow exercise. my question is, why has the bureau of industry and security not fully implemented the key provisions of the act such as emerging and foundational technology list? could you speak to that? >> yes. yes. thank you. we are in the process of doing that. as i have said, a priority of ours. you have been here for seven weeks and we have already issued seven subpoenas against chinese companies to enforce our export
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controls, and we will continue to do that. the president's budget calls for increased funding for bis and ita, and some of that will be used for more aggressive or comprehensive efforts in b.i.s. around export controls. i think you're on mute. >> is that good? all right. thank you. you may or may not have seen "the wall street journal" article dated april the 28th of this year. it includes concerns about whether the faa is responding forcefully enough regarding violations which pertains to commercial launch activities. meanwhile, the fcc is managing
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the use of space for competing satellite systems. my questions, it would be for you, is if the commerce department's office of space commerce takes on a greater role in the regulation of space operations, what can you do or what would you do to make sure that the office maintains equal treatment to competitors and stands firm on regulations and consequences as opposed becoming a pass-through agency for almost any commercial launch idea? >> so, thank you for the question. so, first let me say i think this is an exciting area of commerce, the space commerce. i predict the next five to ten years we will see a lot more activity. and as a result we have to, i think we need a real whole of government approach to come up
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with our strategy around regulations in space commerce. i think there will be a lot more commercial opportunity in space commerce, and it will be important for us to encourage that innovation, but also regulate. and by the way, everybody has to play by the same rules. i am not sure exactly what that article was, but, you know, i have seen articles about certain entrepreneurs who think they don't have to follow the rules. i think we have to be very clear that they do. so this, my incoming deputy, dawn graves, plans to really lead around space commerce. i have a background as an innovation investor. i would be happy to visit with you on this because i think working with the fcc, defense, transportation, commerce has an important role to play and is regulation, but it's also, you know, innovation because i think there will be a lot more commerce done here. >> thank you. and i would also like to
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associate myself, the comments made that mr. cline with regard in to timber and lumber. i am hearing that constantly as i'm down in the state of alabama and the district. i understand that there is plenty of lumber that's being delivered, but the prices are continuing to go up. i think there is an issue with production. so if you could make this a priority to find out what we can do to try to -- because it is really putting a lot of folks in a very difficult position for home building and construction projects. and so in you could ask someone in your office to make that a priority, i think that's very important. >> i promise you i will. >> thank you. i yield back. >> thank you, mr. aderholt. mr. cline, you are recognized
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for an additional five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, madam secretary, for going through a second round of the questions. i want to pivot to china. something you said a month ago in a white house press briefing. i am quoting you. china's actions are uncompetitive, underhanded, they will do whatever it takes so i plan to use all the tools in my toolbox, you said that again today, as aggressively as possible to protect american workers and businesses from unfair chinese practices. so using that line of thinking, wouldn't it be using all of the tools in your toolbox as aggressively as possible to force bytedance to sell tiktok and wouldn't it be aggressive to place huawei on the department's entity list? >> huawei is on the department's entity list. there is no reason to think that they -- >> to keep them, yeah. >> that's right. exactly.
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and i was going to say there is no reason to think they will be removed from that entity list. and we are going through a review to figure out, you know, constantly what other companies might also find themselves on the entity list. so, anyway, i know that came up in my confirmation and i wanted to clarify that. >> i appreciate that. and i just want to get a status report on that review of china policy, if it's over a month ago, you said that you were -- reviews were ongoing and i want to figure out when those are going to conclude and, hopefully, we can see that aggressive stance towards china renewed here in the immediate future. >> yes. so this is something being led by the white house in the interagency process, and i think it's ongoing.
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later on in the spring/early summer i think we will be continuing to flesh it out. in the meantime, we aren't stopping. we are, in my department, i can tell you, we are being aggressive, appropriately so, with enforcement. i mentioned the subpoenas a couple of times. and with keeping these companies on the entities list and deciding where new companies have to come on. >> i am glad that you are supportive of keeping huawei on the entity list. you mentioned also a strong patent system. i share that position. but last year an oig report highlighted deficiencies in the pto's patent capture and application processing system. the report found that pto has no assurance that it can restore
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critical applicationes in the event of system failure or a cyberattack and that the u.s. ptos continue to delay updating legacy systems rendered a $4 million per year processing site inadequate and impractical. i want to ask, giving the pto's mission to foster innovation competitiveness and economic growth, it's no surprise that pto and its applicants wish to secure their property rights and that those rights lee lie on dependable i.t. infrastructure to achieve this mission. the report made several recommendations. i understand the pto is working to address them. do you have an update on that? whether they have implemented these recommendations? >> thank you for bringing this up. i understand the significance of the issue and i am going to have to get back to you with details. i will do that and i will submit the answer, you know, for the record. >> thank you. i appreciate that. mr. chairman, i yield back.
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>> thank you, mr. cline. mr. garcia, you are recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. madam secretary, thanks for the patience on this and weathering the storm. i was encouraged by your words, your desire to be more competitive as a nation on the open market in terms of supporting businesses and encouraging business growth throughout our country and especially relative to china becoming more competitive. in 2017 we had the tax cut in jobs act which was at catalyst for a booming economy the last five years. we saw massive job growth, record low employment numbers. we saw companies hiring at record pace. we saw those same companies investing in internal research and development as a result of the corporate tax breaks. we saw them in parallel lowering prices of goods and products to americans while also increasing wages to the average employees
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on their books. that to me was the essence of being competitive. i wasn't a fan of the state and local tax deduction cap being a californian, i think that could have been removed. i believe that the 2017 tax cut and jobs act was the answer for being competitive on the open market space. as we pivot to this administration and specifically this year under this president biden's tax plan, what we're seeing is effectively a doubling of the tax rate on material long-term capital gains from 20% to 40%, eliminating the qualified income deduction for partnerships in s corps, increase in the corporate tax rate from 21 to 28%, adding 12.4% payroll tax on all income earners above 400,000, raising the top individual tax rate back up to 39.6% from 37%. these are the folks who are creating jobs.
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they are creating incomes which ultimately drive revenue growth at the national and state levels for us. yet the tax plan seems to be almost punishing those companies that are doing well and those small business owners who, frankly, right now are just starting to recover on the heels of the pandemic. i come from a state that's overly taxed and it's crushing our businesses here at the state level. but this administration seems to be adopting the same mindset that sacramento adopted in terms of tax and not being business friendly. bureaucracy and regulations on small businesses when they desperately need the helpism read your bio. i have seen your background. i know as someone who has been involved with the treasurer are and economics, i would love to get your personal opinion as to whether you think increasing taxes on corporations and small business owners and those creating jobs is actually making us as a nation more competitive
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on the world market for businesses and those seeking to invest in those businesses. t. thank you. so like we could probably go out for dinner and talk about this for two hours. i will give you my thoughts in a minute and 50 seconds. i agree that tax structure has to be competitive and fair. i think that this country's economy could be much, much stronger if we make the big investments that the president is calling for in infrastructure and in the past month and a half i have talked to probably 70 ceos of big companies and dozens of small companies and every one agrees. we need broadband investments, airports, trains, infrastructure, transit, et cetera. housing. and i think it's responsible to pay for that. and so the president has set forth a plan which i think is
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very strong, will make us competitive, and he has promised he is not increasing taxes on anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year. and the fact is he proposed a significant tax cut for middle income, working class, lower income americans who i think deserve a break. so, you know, last year, as you say, many businesses were extremely successful. we had many big, large, multibillion-dollar profitable companies in america that paid zero in taxes. and that to me just says that corporate tax code is broken. if there are -- >> if i may reclaim, net skbloe in overall tax payments as a result of government rebates, but in actuality they are paying taxes. they are creating jobs that ultimately are contributions to the tax rolls at the national and state level.
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i would submit that just because your taxes aren't going up if you are less than 400 k, you may actually be losing your job. so, yes, there may come a tax cut in the form of being unemployed because your employer is no longer in business. i would love to have that conversation. you're right. five minutes doesn't do it justice. i would appreciate someone advocating for small businesses and taxpayers in this administration. thank you, mr. chairman. >> thank you, mr. garcia. congratulations, mr. garcia. just about everybody on the subcommittee invited the witness to their district. i think except you. but you scored a dinner invitation from the witness. you might be one of the most smoothest talking californian. >> we have good food out here. it will cost a little bit more, but love to have you out here. >> and madam secretary, thank you for your presence today at this hearing. you have acquitted yourself very
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well in your maiden voyage before this subcommittee. i congratulate you. we all look forward to working with you and in support of small businesses and middle-class americans. and with that i declare this hearing is adjourned. weeknights this month we are featuring american history tv programs as a preview of what is available every weekend on c-span3. tonight civil rights leaders of the past. beginning with biographer jon meacham, author of his truth is marching on, john lewis and the power of hope. watch tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern and enjoy american history tv every weekend on c-span3. c-span's washington journal every day we take your calls live on the air on the news of the day and we discuss policy issues that impact you. and coming up wednesday morning, a discussion on the supreme court's decision to hear a case from mississippi that some fear could undermine roe v. wade.
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