House Democrats ignored pressure from human rights advocates and Republican lawmakers to reinsert into their $1.9 trillion spending bill a measure that would have blocked federal funds from going to Chinese entities that use Uyghur slave labor.
The Democrat-controlled House on Friday passed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act, which greatly expands spending on social programs and climate issues. Democrats stripped the Uyghur provision last week, which generated outrage from human rights groups and Republicans who pressed for the language to be reinserted. Despite adding at least a dozen last minute amendments to the bill, Democrats did not add the Uyghur provision back into the final text.
The original version of the legislation included a provision to stop taxpayer funds from going to any entity that relies on Uyghur …