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H.RES.599: Urging the Government of the People's Republic of China to respect the freedom of assembly, expression, and religion and all fundamental human rights and the rule of law for all its citizens and to stop censoring discussion of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and their violent suppression.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about international affairs
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Sponsor Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 11 (5 Democrats, 6 Republicans)
Introduced May 27, 2014
Latest Major Action May 28, 2014
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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Urges the government of China to stop censoring information about the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Expresses sympathy to the families of those killed, tortured, and imprisoned as a result of their participation in the Tiananmen Square democracy protests.

Supports all peaceful advocates for human rights and the rule of law in China for their efforts to advance democratic reforms and human rights during the past.

Condemns the government of China's ongoing human rights abuses.

Calls on the Broadcasting Board of Governors to take appropriate steps to circumvent Chinese Internet censorship and to provide information to the people of China about the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Calls on the United States to: (1) make human rights, including religious freedom, a priority in bilateral discussions with China; and (2) instruc...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 28, 2014

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 379 - 1 (Roll no. 241). (text: CR H4851-4852)

May 28, 2014 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H4866-4867)
May 28, 2014 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
May 28, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 599.
May 28, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4851-4856)
May 28, 2014 Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.
May 27, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.