Reps. Rouda and Mast Introduce Bipartisan Hong Kong Policy Reevaluation Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Harley Rouda (D-CA-48) and Brian Mast (R-FL-18) introduced H.R. 4551, the Hong Kong Policy Reevaluation Act of 2019. Companion legislation was previously introduced by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ed Markey (D-MA).
This bill would direct the State Department to develop and submit a report to Congress on the manner and extent to which the Communist Party of China uses the status of Hong Kong to circumvent United States laws and sanctions. This year, millions of Hong Kong residents have bravely protested to speak out against a proposed extradition bill as well as the creep of Beijing’s influence on the region and the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy more broadly.
Said Rouda, “This summer, millions of Hong Kong residents took to the streets to speak out against the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy. For too long, the People’s Republic of China has used Hong Kong’s special status to circumvent United States laws for the benefit of the Communist Party of China. All Members should make clear that we stand with those who bravely march for human rights and democracy in Hong Kong. I am proud to work with Representative Mast on this important bipartisan bill and I commend Senators Cruz and Markey for introducing the Senate version.”
Said Mast, “As Americans we hold dear the values of freedom and democracy – the same ideals millions of people in Hong Kong took a stand for this summer. It’s well-past time for Congress to take action against China’s abuse of Hong Kong’s status, especially when it is abundantly clear that they are using it as a work-around of our laws to benefit their Communist Party. That’s exactly what this bill is all about.”