Cotton FORCE Act Surges $43 Billion to Thwart Chinese Military Aspirations in Indo-Pacific

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has introduced a bill that would dramatically increase investment—$43 billion in total—for military infrastructure, weapons, and other assets in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Forging Operational Resistance to Chinese Expansion (FORCE) Act is a critical investment in the United States’ ability to compete with China. The bill will help thwart the Chinese Communist Party’s main geopolitical aim in the wake of the China virus: pushing the United States out of the Western Pacific, intimidating its neighbors, and achieving cross-strait unification with Taiwan via military force.

The bill also shields the U.S. defense-industrial base—especially small suppliers and manufacturers—from the China virus’s economic fallout.

A summary of the bill may be found here. Bill text may be found here.

“The Chinese Communist Party will try to exploit the world’s weakness in the wake of a virus it unleashed. We cannot allow it to succeed. The FORCE Act will greatly strengthen the United States’ position in the Indo-Pacific, allowing us to block China’s goals of regional dominance, and ultimately, competition with the United States,” said Cotton.

FORCE Act Highlights:

—$6.1 billion to regain the advantage in the Indo-Pacific region

—$9.2 billion in capability increases for great power competition

—$11.0 billion for mitigating coronavirus impacts to procurement programs

—$3.3 billion for mitigating coronavirus impacts to defense industrial base

—$1.5 billion for hospital ship recapitalization

—$12.0 billion to enhance national resilience and critical infrastructure

Click here for a complete bill summary. Click here for full bill text.