Apple is lobbying Congress to soften the language in a bill aimed at preventing American companies from relying on forced labor in China for their products, according to a report from The Washington Post.
Two congressional staffers told The Post that lobbyists with the firm Fierce Government Solutions have sought to water down the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.
The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 403-6 in September, aims to ensure that American apparel and tech companies are not relying on the forced labor of Muslim Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang province.
The Chinese government is suspected of holding more than 1 million Uighurs in detention camps in Xinjiang, which is a heavy producer of cotton products and computer parts.
The Post’s anonymous sources said several other companies in addition to Apple are trying to soften the language in the bill.
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