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U.S. senators urge barring Huawei, ZTE from $1.9 trln govt funding measure

U.S. senators urge barring Huawei, ZTE from $1.9 trln govt funding measure
U.S. senators urge barring Huawei, ZTE from $1.9 trln govt funding measure   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021
By Reuters

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. senators on Wednesday said they are introducing a measure to prohibit funds in a $1.9 trillion government funding measure from being used to purchase Chinese telecommunications equipment from Huawei and ZTE and others deemed U.S. security threats.

Senators Tom Cotton, a Republican, and Mark Warner, a Democrat, said the funds that were approved in March in a law known as the American Rescue Plan should not be used to potentially undermine U.S. telecommunications networks.

“With states across the country mapping out their plans for quality and affordable high-speed internet as a result of historic funding from the American Rescue Plan, we’ve got to make sure no community is sacrificing network security,” said Warner.