10/20/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/20/2019 16:08
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WASHINGTON - This week, the House of Representatives passed the PROTECT Hong Kong Act (H.R. 4270) and H.Res. 543, to express Congress' support for the people of Hong Kong and their right to protest and prohibit the commercial export of certain nonlethal crowd control items and defense articles and services to the Hong Kong Police Force. Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, issued the following statement after voting for the measures:
'Over the last few months, we have witnessed the people of Hong Kong emerge from under the oppression of China's authoritarian regime and rise up in an attempt to secure a better future for themselves and their children. As a beacon of hope and freedom around the world, the United States must stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong in their fight for liberty and self-determination. The passage of thislegislation with bipartisan, unanimous support sends a clear and definitive message that America will not stand idly by as China attempts to suppress these peaceful protests.'