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Senators Knock ‘Slow’ Pace of Technology Export-Control Reviews

Nov. 18, 2019, 8:58 PM

Two U.S. senators are pressing the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for answers about a lag in “critical” export-control reviews of emerging technology they fear might fall into the hands of China.

In a letter sent Nov. 18, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) asked Ross for updates on the status of rule inspections mandated by the 2018 Export Control Reform Act, which bolstered Commerce’s statutory authority to administer export-control regulations.

This law, coupled with recent updates to U.S. national security reviews of incoming foreign investment, gives the government “vital tools necessary to keep sensitive, cutting-edge American...

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