A revolt is brewing – on the left and right – around the renewal of the Export Control Act that is being steered through the chamber by President Bush's fellow Texas Republican, Sen. Phil Gramm.
A bipartisan group of senators, originally not opposed to Gramm's streamlining of the legislation, now sees the renewal as the perfect opportunity to send Beijing a message – and a warning.
So, the White House is in for a suprise if it thinks its decision to sell Taiwan most of the arms it wants has finessed the deep and growing resentment in Congress at Chinese misbehavior, from the bullying of Tibet to the Navy plane incident to the arrest of a 79-year Roman Catholic bishop, thoughtfully timed for Good Friday.
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