(Press Release)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) today sent a letter to Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), stressing the serious threats to U.S. national security posed by Chinese technology equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Huawei, which U.S. intelligence agencies have warned has links to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has long had its sights set on entering U.S. markets. The senators urged FERC to work with the Trump administration to guard against Huawei-led interference in our national critical infrastructure:

“As you know, the Intelligence Community has issued repeated warnings to regulators and political leaders about the dangers associated with using Huawei equipment on the nation’s telecommunications network,” the senators wrote. “Congress and the Trump Administration have taken steps to eliminate Huawei products from national security sensitive applications, citing concerns with the company’s links to the Chinese Communist party, including its intelligence services. Given FERC’s responsibility for overseeing the reliability of the electric grid, it is critical that your agency take steps to ensure that United States critical infrastructure and the electric grid remain protected from foreign intrusion.”

Additional signers of the letter include Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Joe Manchin (W.Va.).

To see the signed letter, go to:

https://www.risch.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/8/3/83a0ef87-2588-4a95-a83a-38805ce8331f/0A0E0D31B52A20CC07CF0F6D971DACED.final—letter-to-ferc-re-huawei-inverters.pdf

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