Washington, D.C. - House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik and Select Committee on the CCP Chairman Mike Gallagher released the following joint statement demanding that Communist Chinese drones be banned from the United States. This comes after the release of the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) report detailing how Communist Chinese drones are actively spying on America’s critical infrastructure and present a legitimate national security threat.

“The new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency report makes clear that Communist Chinese drones present a legitimate national security risk to our critical infrastructure and must be banned from the U.S.,the lawmakers stated. The CCP has subsidized drone companies such as DJI and Autel in order to destroy American competition and spy on America’s critical infrastructure sites. We must ban CCP-backed spy drones from America and work to bolster the U.S. drone industry.”

Stefanik and Gallagher have fought to highlight the credible threats of Communist Chinese drones. In April 2023, Stefanik and Gallagher introduced the Countering CCP Drones Act, legislation which adds Chinese drone company Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Covered List, meaning that DJI technologies would be prohibited from operating on U.S. communications infrastructure. In December, Stefanik led a letter along with Gallagher to the Secretary of the Defense demanding oversight into the Department of Defense’s role allowing American companies to export critical components to Communist Chinese drone manufacturer, DJI.