Written by: Liang Kaiyi
2019-11-21 07:11Last updated date: 2019-11-21 07:12
The US House of Representatives voted through the Senate version of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act on November 20, and finally won 417 votes in favor and 1 vote against the big number. The bill has always been unanimously supported by the two parties. Who is casting a lonely vote?
US cable news network (CNN) reporter Haley Byrd said that Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie voted against. Bird quoted Marcy as saying that he 90% agreed to the bill, but did not vote for sanctions against a sovereign state.
Massie tells me of his vote against the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act: “I agreed with 90% of that bill, but I've never voted for sanctions against a sovereign country.”— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) November 20, 2019
AFP reporter Shaun Tandon described Marcy as promoting less interventionism for US foreign policy.
Sole member of Senate or House to vote against Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act - Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), advocate of less interventionist US foreign policy— Shaun Tandon (@shauntandon) November 20, 2019
After the House of Representatives passed the Hong Kong Bill of Rights on Human Rights and Democracy, if President Trump signs officially become law, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo needs to confirm that Hong Kong has sufficient autonomy at least once a year to qualify for a special status in trade. The bill also allows the United States to sanction officials who violate human rights in Hong Kong. The bill was promoted by Republican Senator Marco Rubio.
The Protection of Hong Kong Act sets out the prohibition of exporting specific crowd control tools to the Hong Kong Police, including tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun guns. The bill was promoted by Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley.
The White House has not responded to whether Trump will sign the bill. Some US officials recently said that there is still no decision yet, but since the bill was unanimously passed by the Republican-controlled Senate, Trump’s veto of the bill is also difficult.
The Hong Kong Bill of Rights on Human Rights and Democracy was passed by the US House of Representatives
[Bill of Rights] Reuters: Hong Kong becomes a "dangerous" chess game
[Bill of Rights] mainly promotes Rubio: Hong Kong's autonomy and freedom are constantly being eroded
[Human Rights Act] I understand the key points of the bill. If the special status of Hong Kong is abolished, it is like a double-edged sword.
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Bill Fugitives Ordinance