US HB7440 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress

Status

Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Passed on July 14 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-07-14 - Became Public Law No: 116-149. (TXT | PDF)
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

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.

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Title

Hong Kong Autonomy Act

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History

DateChamberAction
2020-07-14SenateBecame Public Law No: 116-149. (TXT | PDF)
2020-07-14SenateSigned by President.
2020-07-02SenatePresented to President.
2020-07-02SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
2020-07-02SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S4180)
2020-07-01SenateReceived in the Senate, read twice.
2020-07-01HouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2020-07-01HouseOn passage Passed without objection.
2020-07-01HouseH.Amdt.831 On agreeing to the Sherman amendment (A001) Agreed to without objection.
2020-07-01HouseH.Amdt.831 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Sherman. (consideration: CR H3044; text: CR H3044)
2020-07-01HouseConsidered by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR H3039-3044; text: CR H3039-3044)
2020-07-01HouseMr. Sherman asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
2020-07-01HouseCommittee on Rules discharged.
2020-07-01HouseCommittee on Ways and Means discharged.
2020-07-01HouseCommittee on Financial Services discharged.
2020-07-01HouseCommittee on the Judiciary discharged.
2020-07-01HouseCommittee on Foreign Affairs discharged.
2020-07-01HouseReferred 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.
2020-07-01HouseReferred 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.
2020-07-01HouseReferred 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.
2020-07-01HouseReferred 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.
2020-07-01HouseReferred 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.
2020-07-01HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

HB7083 (Related) 2020-06-01 - Referred 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.
SB3798 (Related) 2020-06-29 - Held at the desk.
SB4049 (Related) 2020-08-07 - Held at the desk.

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