UPDATED 10:19 PM PT — Friday, June 26, 2020
The Senate passes legislation sanctioning Chinese officials over the country’s actions against Hong Kong. The bipartisan Hong Kong Autonomy Act passed with unanimous consent Thursday.
The bill would place sanctions on businesses, individuals and police that interfere with Hong Kong’s freedoms. This came after China announced a national security law that is expected pass on June 30, which is threatening Hong Kong’s autonomy.
A resolution introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (r-Mo.) was also approved, formally condemning China’s’ actions.
“The Senate needs to act now, Mr. President, to send a clear signal now that we will stand up to this aggression,” he stated. “…to rally free peoples now in defense of the rights and liberties of Hong Kong.”
Big moment today on floor of US Senate as we are finally able to adopt clear condemnation of #China’s “national security law” cracking down on #HongKong. Today Senate speaks with one voice: China imperialism will not go unchallenged pic.twitter.com/yXhsfNEMHj
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) June 25, 2020
The Hong Kong Autonomy Act must also pass in the House before reaching the president’s desk.