Senate Republicans introduced a bill to stop China from purchasing American land.
The bill has arisen as the Department of Agriculture reported foreign interests now control nearly 37.6 million acres of U.S. farmland.
“foreign investors now hold an interest in nearly 37.6 million acres of agricultural land in the U.S.—an area larger than the state of Iowa”https://t.co/Vyc989kiIJ
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) August 4, 2022
“Chinese investments in American farmland put our food security at risk and provide opportunities for Chinese espionage against our military bases and critical infrastructure. Instead of allowing these purchases, the U.S. government must bar the Communist Party from purchasing our land,” said Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton.
“We cannot continue giving our top adversary a foot in the door to purchase land in the United States and undermine our national security,” Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville added.
“I hope my colleagues will recognize the importance of our bill and join the effort to prohibit Chinese Communist Party involvement in America’s agriculture industry,” he continued.
We agree 100%.
That’s why Rep Roy introduced the Securing America’s Land from Foreign Interference Act (H.R. 3847) last year to BLOCK members of the Chinese Communist Party from buying up ANY American land, full stop. https://t.co/EXOUpFzs3N pic.twitter.com/xdnuxo4TTn
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) July 25, 2022
The action is an important part of protecting America’s farmers and the nation’s land from those who could potentially harm the nation.