skip to main content

H.R. 3289: Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

Call or Write Congress

About the bill

The legislation recently unanimously passed both a Senate and House committee.

Context

Millions of Hong Kong citizens have peacefully protested and demonstrated since June, in marches and rallies that have grabbed the world’s attention. Held at first in response to a specific legislative bill proposing easier extraditions, the protests later metastasized into a more all-encompassing demand for governmental reforms.

Hong Kong is a special “administrative region,” formally part of the United Kingdom for about 150 years, but now part of China since a 1997 changeover. Although the changeover’s terms originally required China to pledge a generally hands-off approach to Hong Kong, certainly much more so than the heavy governmental control China applies to the rest of their nation, China has gradually ramped up control since 1997.

This summer ...

Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

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

Read Text »
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2019
Length: 28 pages
Introduced
Jun 13, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted, so there will not likely be further activity on this bill.

Provisions of this bill also appear in:

S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 27, 2019. (compare text)
Prognosis
3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
Source

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Smith Honored for Work on Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Mar 10, 2020

House Passes McGovern Bill to Prevent Export of U.S. Crowd Control Equipment to Hong Kong
    — Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 15, 2019

Schakowsky Statement on Protests in Hong Kong
    — Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9] on Oct 16, 2019

More statements at ProPublica Represent...

What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 3289 will add $1 million in new spending through 2024.

History

Jun 13, 2019
 
Introduced

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

Sep 25, 2019
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Oct 15, 2019
 
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.

H.R. 3289 is 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. 3289. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

How to cite this information.

We recommend the following MLA-formatted citation when using the information you see here in academic work:

“H.R. 3289 — 116th Congress: Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.” www.GovTrack.us. 2019. September 20, 2020 <https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr3289>

Where is this information from?

GovTrack automatically collects legislative information from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources. This page is sourced primarily from Congress.gov, the official portal of the United States Congress. Congress.gov is generally updated one day after events occur, and so legislative activity shown here may be one day behind. Data via the congress project.