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Apple Spent $90,000 Lobbying Lawmakers on Uyghur Forced Labor Bill

Added 01-22-21 04:04:03pm EST - “One of the firms hired by Apple previously lobbied to soften the bill's language.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Apple Spent $90,000 Lobbying Lawmakers on Uyghur Forced Labor Bill | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple paid a lobbying firm $90,000 to “educate policymakers” about a bill to prevent U.S. imports of goods made with forced labor by China’s Uyghur population, according to lobbying disclosure documents.

China has compelled members of the Uyghur and other Muslim minorities to work in various factories and in cotton fields in Xinjiang Province. A bill passed by the House and currently under consideration in the Senate, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, would ban imports of any goods from Xinjiang unless customs officials can verify that they were not made with forced labor.

Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola, and several retail groups hired lobbyists to work on issues related to the Uyghur forced labor bill, according to documents first reported by the Daily Caller. Apple paid $90,000 each to Invariant LLC and Fierce Government Relations.

Invariant’s disclosure filing states that Apple hired the firm to “Educate policymakers on issues related to workforce and supply chains in China, H.R. 6210, Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.”

Additionally, lobbyists from Fierce Government Relations met with Congressional staffers in November in an attempt to soften the language of the bill, The Washington Post reported at the time.

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