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Hong Kong Autonomy Act

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Hong Kong Autonomy Act

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A bill 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 (3)

Date Actions Overview
06/25/2020Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.(text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S3285-3289)
06/25/2020Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
05/21/2020Introduced in Senate

All Actions (10)

Date Chamber All Actions
06/29/2020-4:54pmHouseHeld at the desk.
06/29/2020SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
06/29/2020-3:54pmHouseReceived in the House.
06/25/2020SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S3285-3289)
06/25/2020SenateS.Amdt.1821 Amendment SA 1821 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
06/25/2020SenateS.Amdt.1821 Amendment SA 1821 proposed by Senator Van Hollen for Senator Toomey. (consideration: CR S3285-3289; text: CR S3285-3289) In the nature of a substitute.
06/25/2020SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S3285-3289)
06/25/2020SenateSenate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
06/04/2020SenateCommittee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Hearings held.
05/21/2020SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs05/21/2020 Referred to
06/04/2020 Hearings by
06/25/2020 Discharged from

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Passed Senate (06/25/2020)

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.