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McClain: Gotion factory an attempt to ‘overtake’ Michigan

‘The CCP is not our friend,’ says Michigan rep on floor of Congress

Michigan lawmakers have already approved nearly $800 million in tax abatements and cash incentives for the forthcoming Gotion plant in Big Rapids, but the deal is still on the tips of tongues among the state’s congressional delegation.

First up, Rep. John James, R-Farmington Hills, introduced the No American Tax Dollars to CCP bill in April. The bill would prohibit public giveaways for “battery components manufactured or assembled by corporations associated with foreign entities of concern,” a restriction that would have prevented Michigan’s incentives to Gotion, a company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Then, last week, Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Bruce Township, took to the House floor to speak out against the deal.

McClain called the Gotion deal a “blatant attempt to overtake our state.” McClain added, in remarks published in the Congressional Record.

The CCP is using one of their state-controlled companies to implant thousands of Chinese workers and billions worth of Chinese technology just outside of Big Rapids. ...

Gotion is bought and paid for by the CCP, and let's be clear: the CCP is not our friend.

Pictured below is the full text of McClain’s speech, which was titled “Gotion: Bought and paid for by the CCP.”

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