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H.Res. 311 (115th): Reaffirming the 40 years of relations between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the shared pursuit of economic growth and regional security in Southeast Asia.

About the resolution

Source: Republican Policy Committee

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a multilateral organization based in Southeast Asia consisting of: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The organization was established in 1967 and the United States established dialogue relations with the organization in 1977.

H.Res. 311 supports the elevation of the U.S.- ASEAN relationship to a strategic partnership; encourages the enhancement of U.S.- ASEAN economic engagement through the elimination of trade barriers; supports ASEAN cooperation to combat terrorism and violent extremism; supports efforts to constructively address regional maritime and territorial disputes; urges parties to exercise self-restraint and to refrain from militarizing uninhabited islands; and reaffirms the U.S. commitment to join with ASEAN to combat human smuggling and trafficking in persons.

Sponsor and status

Joaquin Castro

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 20th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 27, 2017
Length: 5 pages
May 3, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution) on Sep 27, 2017

This simple resolution was agreed to on September 27, 2017. That is the end of the legislative process for a simple resolution.



May 3, 2017

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Jun 15, 2017
Considered by Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation

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Jul 27, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Sep 27, 2017
Agreed To

The resolution was passed in a vote in the House. A simple resolution is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

H.Res. 311 (115th) was a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 311. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

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

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