US Senate slaps down Trump's 'bad deal' to lift ban on ZTE
19 June, 2018, 23:01 | Author: Sheila Harris
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"It is vital that our colleagues in the House keep this bipartisan provision in the bill as it heads towards a conference", the statement added. The legislation was passed with 85-10 votes, marking one of a handful of times the Republican-controlled Senate has deviated from a Trump policy.
ZTE's plight began in April when the US Department of Commerce imposed a seven-year ban on American companies doing business with the Chinese phonemaker after it exported telecoms equipment to Iran and North Korea. Instead of disciplining all employees involved, ZTE had paid some of them full bonuses and then lied about it, Commerce said.
Under the new provision, the administration would have to certify that ZTE and other Chinese telecoms haven't violated any law in the USA for a year and have been cooperating with authorities. The company quickly announced that it was halting operations.
Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner also tweeted that the Senate had "blocked" the Trump administration from making a "bad deal with ZTE".
Acacia has been the hardest hit among suppliers since ZTE was slapped with a seven-year ban barring US suppliers selling to it after it broke an agreement to discipline executives who conspired to evade USA sanctions on Iran and North Korea.
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The company has been on life support since Washington said it had banned United States companies from selling crucial hardware and software components to ZTE for seven years.
"ZTE has violated US sanctions, lied about it, but even more importantly, its technology has been deemed a national security threat by the FCC, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pentagon", Schumer said.
Lawmakers from both parties have criticized the deal. Sen.
Trump plans to meet with Republican lawmakers on Wednesday to persuade them to remove the ZTE language during the reconciliation phase.
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