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H.R. 1872 (115th): Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1872 promotes access for United States diplomats and officials, journalists, and other citizens to Tibetan areas of the People’s Republic of China. Specifically, the legislation requires the Department of State to deny visas to individuals who have been involved in restricting access by foreigners to Tibetan areas of China, and it requires the department to revoke existing visas issued to such individuals. The bill also requires an annual public report assessing whether China is allowing Americans to travel to Tibet.

Sponsor and status

James “Jim” McGovern

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2018
Length: 5 pages
Apr 4, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 19, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 19, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-330

55 Cosponsors (44 Democrats, 11 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act signed into law by President Trump
    — Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2] (Sponsor) on Dec 19, 2018

Ranking Member Nadler Opening Statement During Markup of Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 25, 2018

The Week Ahead - scheduled votes, committee action and other important notes for the week of September 24, 2018
    — Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018] on Sep 24, 2018

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 821: Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2017

Introduced on Apr 4, 2017. 86% incorporated. (compare text)


Apr 4, 2017

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Jul 25, 2018
Ordered Reported

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Sep 25, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 28, 2018
Considered by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Nov 29, 2018
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Reported by Senate Committee.

Dec 11, 2018
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 19, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 1872 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1872. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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