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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul released the following statement in response to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) decision to add six companies to the Entity List after learning of their involvement with the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) spy balloon. BIS is a bureau within the Department of Commerce that is responsible for regulating the export of dual-use items – goods or technology that have both commercial and military applications. 

“BIS’s addition of six companies to the Entity List for supporting the CCP spy aircraft is a step in the right direction. However, it shouldn’t have taken a flagrant violation of American territorial sovereignty for BIS to take these measures to prevent the CCP from using U.S. technology to compromise our national security. News reports now indicate that an April 2022 Air Force intelligence report identified China’s use of high-altitude spy balloons. My committee will conduct vigorous oversight to uncover why it took BIS so long to list companies associated with this CCP espionage program.”