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H.R. 1383 (116th): Vietnam Human Rights Act

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To advance United States national interests by prioritizing the protection of internationally recognized human rights and development of the rule of law in relations between the United States and Vietnam, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Length: 31 pages
Feb 26, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 26, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


51 Cosponsors (39 Democrats, 12 Republicans)


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What legislators are saying

<span class='\"kicker\"'>Smith on the 45th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon</span>Pass HR 1383the Vietnam Human Rights Act
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Apr 30, 2020

<span class='\"kicker\"'>Detained 91-year-old Buddhist Monk dies</span>Smith Statement on Death of Vietnamese Human Rights Leader Long Imprisoned by Hanoi
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Feb 25, 2020

Smith Reintroduces Vietnam Human Rights Act
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Feb 28, 2019

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Feb 26, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 1383 (116th) 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. 1383. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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