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Bishop/Westerman NRDC China Letter

June 5, 2018
By Rep. Rob Bishop (R-TU) and Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

The House Natural Resources Committee has opened an investigation into ties between the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council and China.

The House Natural Resources Committee has opened an investigation into ties between the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and China.

On June 5, Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) sent a letter to NRDC President Rhea Suh seeking information on the nature of the organization’s relationship with China and clarification on its status as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Among other things the letter expresses concern NRDC “When engaging on environmental issues concerning China, the NRDC appears to practice self-censorship, issue selection bias, and generally refrains from criticizing Chinese officials,” write Bishop and Westerman.