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Successful SFRC Business Meeting Includes Passage of Hong Kong Bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a business meeting during which members approved four bills, four resolutions, two nominations, and one FSO list.

“Today’s business meeting was incredibly productive and was made up of a number of pieces of bipartisan legislation. I am particularly proud that the committee voted unanimously to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. After more than two decades of broken promises, it is time that we hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy. This bill takes important steps in that direction. I am proud of the bipartisan work that went into this legislation— we are all proud to stand with the people of Hong Kong in pursuit of their fundamental freedoms.

“Additionally, I am pleased that my resolution to support the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria also passed the committee unanimously. The Global Fund has been a success story on how government, the private sector, and civil society can work together to fight epidemics. The U.S. has led the charge on this fight and will continue to support ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This resolution reaffirms the U.S. support to the Global Fund and encourages other donors to increase their donations.”

S. 1590, Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act of 2019
S. 1678, Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019, with an amendment
S. 1838, Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, with an amendment
S. 2372, Save Our Seas 2.0: Enhanced Global Engagement to Combat Marine Debris Act, with an amendment
S. Res. 183, A resolution reaffirming the vital role of the United States-Japan alliance in promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, and for other purposes, with an amendment
S. Res. 236, A resolution reaffirming the strong partnership between Tunisia and the United States and supporting the people of Tunisia in their continued pursuit of democratic reforms
S. Res. 277, A resolution remembering the 25th Anniversary of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and recommitting to efforts to uphold justice for the 85 victims of the attacks
S. Res. 318, A resolution to support the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Sixth Replenishment, with an amendment
Mr. Adam Seth Boehler, of Louisiana, to be Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation
Mr. Adrian Zuckerman, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Romania
Melissa McInnis, et al., dated May 21, 2019 (PN 786)