White House budget office drops call for longer implementation of Huawei govt ban

Thursday 13 June 2019 | 11:32 CET | News

The White House's budget office has backtracked on a request to Congress to extend the time for implementing a ban on US government business with Huawei. It now expects to meet the original two-year deadline for implementing the ban, Reuters reports. 

Russell T. Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, earlier wrote to Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress seeking four years to implement the legislation signed by President Trump last year. Part of the National Defense Authorization Act, the law prohibits US government agencies and recipients of state grants and subsidies from doing business with Huawei and other Chinese tech companies. 

Small rural operators are thought to be the hardest hit, as they rely on federal subsidies for network upgrades and expansion and often choose Chinese suppliers for the relatively lower cost. Vought had said they would need more time to migrate to alternative suppliers. 

In a new letter seen by Reuters, Vought said "Congress has made it clear" that the law should be implemented within the two years provided, "and we will". The letter was sent to Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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