Big Tech is shaping a bill that seeks to clamp down on Chinese buyouts of US firms
Proposed legislation in Washington, DC, aims to expand the power of the US government committee that blocked Broadcom’s takeover of Qualcomm. Firms in Silicon Valley are trying to tweak it to avoid having it hurt their businesses.
But: Alphabet, Facebook, IBM, Intel, and other Silicon Valley firms are worried that new rules could make it harder for them to export products and services. According to Reuters, one draft of the bill could have forced firms to go before CFIUS when selling any form of sensitive technology overseas, even if it wasn’t particularly risky.
Reaching compromise: Tweaks have reportedly been made to both soften and harden parts of the bill. A broad plan to have CFIUS vet any products sold overseas by a “critical technology company” have been replaced with rules to just have it vet sales of particular technologies, for instance. But it may also be made able to vet smaller foreign investments into American firms than it does right now, making it easier for the committee to intervene in deals.
Why it matters: Regardless of adjustments, the bill points to a future where the government clamps down harder than ever on foreign interest in American technology—especially if that interest comes from China.