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U.S. House to vote on trade and economic security bill authored by West Michigan congressman

U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer portrait
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer, (R-Grand Rapids, MI-3)

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed China’s dominance producing medical supplies.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Trade and Economic Security Council Act of 2021 has been unanimously voted out of committee and now goes to a vote in the U.S. House.

U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, authored the bill. It addresses finding in a 2020 Homeland Security Advisory Council report highlighting China’s economic threats. At its core, the bill is designed to identify concentrated economic risks. The Grand Rapids Republican says it sets priorities and coordinates a response to matters of economic security including technologies and supply chains.

“To keep the civilian-side of our economy functioning in a time of crisis, Congress should institutionalize a political-level official who would reside in the Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans to conduct day to day policy coordination.”

Meijer recommends the creation of an Assistant Secretary for Trade and Economic Security with in the office. The bill further creates a council for identifying concentrated economic risks and coordinates action.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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