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H.R. 6519 (116th): 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: the only successful veto …

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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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 17, 2020, 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).


10 Cosponsors (10 Republicans)



Apr 17, 2020

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H.R. 6519 (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. 6519. 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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