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H.R. 6519: Holding the Chinese Communist Party Accountable for Infecting Americans Act of 2020

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Should Americans be able to sue the Chinese government because of covid-19?


The coronavirus that causes covid-19 originated in China, but has caused by far the most deaths in the U.S. Could anybody in the U.S. sue China as a result? Under current law, no. The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 generally prevents countries from being sued in U.S. courts.

However, several exceptions have been enacted through the decades. The most prominent enacted in recent years was the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act of 2016, which allows U.S. citizens to sue countries like Saudi Arabia for financing the September 11 attacks. President Obama vetoed the bill, fearing it would jeopardize America’s then-alliance with Saudi Arabia, but his veto was overridden in Congress ...

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Dan Crenshaw

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 17, 2020
Length: 9 pages
Apr 17, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Apr 17, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 17, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Apr 17, 2020

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H.R. 6519 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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