Sending Office: Honorable Brad Sherman
Sent By:
Michelle.Schein@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Co-Sponsor H.Res.543: A Resolution Recognizing the Aspirations of the Hong Kong People

This resolution will be marked-up by the House Foreign Affairs Committee next week.

Dear Colleague,

Please join us as a cosponsor of a resolution to recognize Hong Kong’s relationship with the United States, condemn the Chinese Communist Party’s growing interference in Hong Kong’s affairs, and support the people of Hong Kong’s right to protest. This resolution
calls on the Hong Kong government, and all governments, to protect the rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly; to condemn all acts of violence against those seeking to further their democratic rights; and, to refrain from the use of violence.

For months, Hong Kong residents have taken to the streets in record numbers. The people of Hong Kong have protested the proposed bill to allow for extradition to mainland China and have demanded universal suffrage in the election of Chief Executive and the
Legislative Council to ensure Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy. The Hong Kong police’s use of excessive force against the demonstrators and increasingly threatening rhetoric from the Chinese Communist Party has prompted responses from the international
community. This resolution highlights these worrisome events.     

Support for democratization and human rights are fundamental principles of U.S. foreign policy. The United States Congress has a responsibility to support the residents of Hong Kong, condemn the use of force against the peaceful demonstrations, denounce
efforts by the Hong Kong and Chinese Governments to characterize the demonstrations as “riots” and blame the United States for involvement in the political instability they alone created, and share the concerns of the people of Hong Kong regarding China’s
encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy. This resolution expresses such support for the people of Hong Kong.

Please join us in cosponsoring this important and timely resolution.

If you would like to cosponsor, or if you have any questions, please contact Michelle Schein of the office of Representative Sherman at michelle.schein@mail.house.gov, or Rachel Wagley of the office of Representative Wagner at rachel.wagley@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

BRAD SHERMAN                                                                                     ANN WAGNER
Member of Congress                                                                                   Member of Congress
Chair, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Foreign Affairs

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.Res.
Bill Type: 543
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