02.24.15

Peters Appointed to Serve on Congressional-Executive Commission on China

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today announced that he has been named to the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). The Commission monitors China’s compliance with international human rights standards and the development of the rule of law in China, including China’s compliance with international trade laws. The Commission issues an annual report with its findings on China’s compliance in the areas of trade and human rights.

“I am honored to serve on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, where I will work to hold China accountable for unfair trade practices and currency manipulation, so that American companies and American workers can compete on a level playing field,” said Senator Peters. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Commission from both parties to make sure that China plays by the rules and meets their commitments to follow international trade agreements and make progress on protecting human rights.”

The Commission was created by Congress in 2000, and consists of nine Senators, nine members of the House of Representatives and five senior Administration officials appointed by the President. Senator Peters was named to the commission along with fellow Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH) and Jeff Merkley (OR).

Senator Peters has fought for aggressive enforcement of trade rules to protect Michigan’s manufacturers, exporters and workers. He supports using the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) to challenge unfair trade practices around the world, including in China.

Senator Peters has also fought to protect human rights around the world. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he sponsored legislation calling on China to end the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners, particularly political prisoners and religious and ethnic minorities.

Senator Peters also supports finding ways to combat human trafficking in Michigan and around the world. He recently cosponsored the Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Centers Act of 2015, which would establish a pilot program to train health care professionals to identify victims of human trafficking.

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