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Sen. Marco Rubio is on the verge of tanking the defense spending bill over an amendment on forced Uyghur labor from China

Added 12-02-21 11:14:02am EST - “A Rubio spokesperson accused Senate Democrats of "creating fake procedural excuses to avoid a vote on slave labor."” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Sen. Marco Rubio is on the verge of tanking the defense spending bill over an amendment on forced Uyghur labor from China”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Bringing the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act to a screeching halt Wednesday night, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is standing by an amendment that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described as a "poison pill."

The reason Rubio's amendment threw a wrench into the gargantuan bill comes down to complicated but nonetheless longstanding Congressional procedures.

Rubio wants an amendment in the bill that would ban US imports from China's Xinjiang region, citing forced labor imposed upon the Uyghur population. Around 1 million Uyghurs — a mostly Muslim ethnic minority native to the region — are estimated to be in Chinese internment camps.

The Florida senator's amendment was not included in a package of amendments the Senate voted on Thursday night because of what's known as a "blue slip" problem, meaning Rubio's amendment involves revenue for the US government and thus requires a House vote.

"The Rubio amendment is a poison pill [in the] sense it blows up the whole bill," Schumer said, according to Politico's Andrew Desiderio.

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