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H.R. 4270 (116th): Placing Restrictions on Teargas Exports and Crowd Control Technology to Hong Kong Act

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To prohibit commercial exports of certain nonlethal crowd control items and defense articles and services to the Hong Kong Disciplined Services, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

James “Jim” McGovern

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

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Last Updated: Oct 16, 2019
Length: 7 pages
Sep 10, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on October 15, 2019 but was never passed by the Senate.

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).


32 Cosponsors (25 Democrats, 7 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

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

<span class='\"kicker\"'>Reps. McGovern, Smith, Khanna Introduce the bipartisan PROTECT Hong Kong Act</span>Bill Would Prohibit Commercial Export of Tear Gas and Other Nonlethal Crowd Control Items to the Hong Kong Police Force.
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 10, 2019

Rep. Tipton: U.S. Unequivocally Supports Hong Kong Protesters
    — Rep. Scott Tipton [R-CO3, 2011-2020] on Oct 15, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 4270 will add $3 million in new spending through 2024.


Sep 10, 2019

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Sep 25, 2019
Ordered Reported

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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. 4270 (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. 4270. 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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