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By Clare O’Gara
Wed | Oct 2, 2019 | 4:21 AM PDT

Democrats and Republicans are finally agreeing on something: Chinese tech is risky.

A new U.S. congressional proposal would use $1 billion to help small, rural providers replace their Chinese technology.

They plan to provide the funds under the new Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act, which specifically bans equipment produced by Huawei and ZTE.

Nextgov discussed the new legislation:

"Much of the global supply chain for telecommunications equipment flows through China at one point or another," Pallone, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Friday during a hearing on telecom security.

"Communications networks are interconnected, and that means that one weak link can harm the whole system. We must help smaller carriers remove suspect equipment for the good of the entire country."