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Ensure our allies support us and enemies fear us

Bill served as the United States Ambassador to Japan in President Donald Trump's administration, where he saw firsthand how President Trump is re-establishing America's role in the world as a leader. America is no longer "leading from behind" nor deploying "strategic patience." He has worked with President Trump to deal with the immediate threats of North Korea and the longer range issues that have built up with China and Russia. He stands with Israel, and he will never stop fighting to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. Bill believes we must stand firm against Sharia Law in our country and across the globe because it can be the foundation for radical Islam and terrorism. He is committed to working with President Trump to ensure that our allies support us and our enemies fear us.
Source: 2020 Tennessee Senate campaign website TeamHagerty.com , Dec 24, 2019

US has moral obligation to protect Israel

The United States has a moral obligation to protect Israel. He fully supported President Trump keeping America's promise to move our embassy to Jerusalem. He believes we must align ourselves against Israel's enemies and show Tehran the United States does not tolerate their attempts to bully our allies. Bill will push for a permanent nuclear deal that ensures Iran never has a nuclear weapon, and he will support continued foreign assistance to Israel.
Source: 2020 Tennessee Senate campaign website TeamHagerty.com , Dec 24, 2019

America at the forefront: Ukraine dealings change nothing

[Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Bill] Hagerty said he has not seen any information that shows Trump did anything inappropriate in his dealings with Ukraine's president. He complimented Trump on his dealings with North Korea and the trade battle with China. "He's always had America at the forefront. Our interests first and foremost," Hagerty said. "I've never seen him do anything that I think jeopardizes America's position in the world."
Source: Nashville Business Journal on impeaching Trump , Sep 9, 2019

Ban imports from Xinjiang made by Uyghur forced labor.

Hagerty co-sponsored Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.R.6256 and S.65): To ensure that goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China do not enter the United States market. This bill imposes importation limits on goods produced using forced labor in China, and imposes sanctions related to such forced labor. The bill also expands existing asset- and visa-blocking sanctions related to Xinjiang to cover foreign individuals and entities responsible for serious human rights abuses in connection with forced labor.

Al Jazeera news, "Biden signs law banning goods made in China's Xinjiang region," 12/23/21: President Joe Biden signed a new law banning products made in China's Xinjiang region because of China's oppression of its largely Muslim Uighur minority population. The law imposes a near-blanket ban on the import to the US of goods from Xinjiang by requiring suppliers to first prove their products were not made with forced labour. Xinjiang is a large supplier of cotton and solar panels.

UN experts have estimated that more than one million people, mainly Uighurs, have been imprisoned in recent years in a vast system of camps in Xinjiang. The US and many rights groups have called it "genocide".

China has rejected allegations of abuse in Xinjiang, accusing countries and rights organisations of launching "slanderous attacks" about conditions for Muslim Uighurs in the far western region. An independent UK-based tribunal ruled last week the Chinese government had committed genocide, crimes against humanity and torture of Uighurs and other minorities. The US cited the situation in Xinjiang in a decision earlier this month to launch a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Legislative Outcome: Introduced in House and passed by voice vote on 12/14/2021; passed Senate by Unanimous Consent on 12/16/2021; signed by President on 12/23/2021.

Source: S.65/H.R.6256 21-HR6256 on Dec 14, 2021

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