Sending Office: Honorable Adriano Espaillat
Sent By:
Joseph.Newman@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

COSPONSOR SEERA (H.R. 3559) TO STOP THE FLOW OF DANGEROUS ELECTRONIC WASTE TO CHINA

 

Cosponsor the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (H.R. 3559) introduced by Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Rep. Paul Cook

Current Cosponsors: Ruppersberger

Endorsed by: Coalition for American Electronics Recycling, ERI Direct

 

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in cosponsoring the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA), a national security bill that stops the flow of electronic waste (e-waste) to China. China regularly counterfeits electronics and puts these dangerous products, including critical
military equipment, back into the market.

U.S. consumers’ safety and national security are directly threatened from counterfeit electronics that have infiltrated the supply chains of defense contractors, private sector industries, domestic markets, and our country’s critical infrastructure. According
to a 2012 report by the Senate Armed Services Committee, these counterfeit parts can compromise the reliability of defense systems at the moment we need them most, which is an unacceptable risk for servicemembers who must rely on sophisticated electronic equipment.
The report notes, “much of the material used to make counterfeit electronic parts is electronic waste, or e-waste, shipped from the United States and the rest of the world to China.” Despite the national security implications, the United States does not currently
have a national policy on e-waste exports.

Most of our e-waste is shipped from the United States by brokers/exporters to China. The used electronics are often collected under the pretense that they will be responsibly recycled domestically in the U.S. These goods, however, are often “packed and stacked”
into shipping containers and exported. As a result, the export of unsanitized data-bearing technology is a persistent source of data breaches, identity theft, and cybercrime.

This legislation would stop the flow of e-waste from the United States. SEERA will require domestic recycling of all untested and nonworking electronics, which will also promote the creation of thousands of new jobs in the United States. By keeping these materials
at home, we will keep them out of the hands of counterfeiters and data thieves.

Please join us in cosponsoring this important legislation which will both help protect the country and our military from dangerous counterfeit electronics and create American jobs. If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact Joseph
Newman (Joseph.Newman@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Espaillat’s office or Kayla Rillo (Kayla.Rillo@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Cook’s office.

Sincerely,

 

Adriano Espaillat                                             Paul Cook

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

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