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Hong Kong Autonomy Act

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Hong Kong Autonomy Act

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Hong Kong Autonomy Act

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Hong Kong Autonomy Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons involved in the erosion of certain obligations of China with respect to Hong Kong, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (11)

Date Actions Overview
07/14/2020Became Public Law No: 116-149. (TXT | PDF)
07/14/2020Signed by President.
07/02/2020Presented to President.
07/02/2020Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S4180)
07/01/2020Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed without objection.
07/01/2020Committee on Rules discharged.
07/01/2020Committee on Ways and Means discharged.
07/01/2020Committee on Financial Services discharged.
07/01/2020Committee on the Judiciary discharged.
07/01/2020Committee on Foreign Affairs discharged.
07/01/2020Introduced in House

All Actions (23)

Date Chamber All Actions
07/14/2020Became Public Law No: 116-149. (TXT | PDF)
07/14/2020Signed by President.
07/02/2020HousePresented to President.
07/02/2020SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
07/02/2020SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S4180)
07/01/2020SenateReceived in the Senate, read twice.
07/01/2020-5:26pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/01/2020-5:26pmHouseOn passage Passed without objection.
07/01/2020-5:26pmHouseH.Amdt.831 On agreeing to the Sherman amendment (A001) Agreed to without objection.
07/01/2020-5:26pmHouseH.Amdt.831 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Sherman. (consideration: CR H3044; text: CR H3044)
07/01/2020-5:26pmHouseConsidered by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR H3039-3044; text: CR H3039-3044)
07/01/2020-5:25pmHouseMr. Sherman asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
07/01/2020HouseCommittee on Rules discharged.
07/01/2020HouseCommittee on Ways and Means discharged.
07/01/2020HouseCommittee on Financial Services discharged.
07/01/2020HouseCommittee on the Judiciary discharged.
07/01/2020HouseCommittee on Foreign Affairs discharged.
07/01/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
07/01/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
07/01/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
07/01/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
07/01/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
07/01/2020HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (11)


Committees (5)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Foreign Affairs07/01/2020 Referred to
07/01/2020 Discharged from
House Judiciary07/01/2020 Referred to
07/01/2020 Discharged from
House Financial Services07/01/2020 Referred to
07/01/2020 Discharged from
House Ways and Means07/01/2020 Referred to
07/01/2020 Discharged from
House Rules07/01/2020 Referred to
07/01/2020 Discharged from

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Latest Summary (4)

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Public Law No: 116-149 (07/14/2020)

Hong Kong Autonomy Act

This bill imposes sanctions on foreign individuals and entities that materially contribute to China's failure to preserve Hong Kong's autonomy.

Hong Kong is part of China but has a largely separate legal and economic system with protections for civil rights such as freedom of speech. This arrangement is enshrined in (1) the Joint Declaration, a 1984 treaty pertaining to the United Kingdom's transfer of Hong Kong's sovereignty to China; and (2) the Basic Law, Hong Kong's constitutional document.

The Department of State shall report annually to Congress information about (1) foreign individuals and entities that materially contributed to China's failure to comply with the Joint Declaration or the Basic Law; and (2) foreign financial institutions that knowingly conducted a significant transaction with such identified individuals and entities. An individual, entity, or financial institution may be excluded from this report for various reasons, such as to protect an intelligence source.

The President shall impose property-blocking sanctions on an individual or entity named in a report, and visa-blocking sanctions on a named individual. The President shall impose various sanctions on a financial institution named in a report, such as prohibiting the institution from receiving loans from a U.S. financial institution.

The President may waive or terminate the imposition of sanctions under this bill. Congress may override such a waiver or termination by passing a joint resolution of disapproval.