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H.R. 7981 (116th): Name the Enemy Act

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What title should be used for the head of the world’s largest country?


China is the world’s most populous country and second-largest economy. In 2018, Forbes ranked Chinese leader Xi Jinping as the most powerful person in the world, ahead of such figures as Vladimir Putin at #2, Donald Trump at #3, and Pope Francis at #6.

Xi has three official titles in the government: head of state, chairman of the central military commission; and general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the only political party allowed to rule the country. In other words, he’s head of the country, head of the military, and head of the party.

None of those titles are “president,” despite the U.S. government often having referred to the Chinese leader with …

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Scott Perry

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 7, 2020
Length: 5 pages
Aug 7, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on August 7, 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).


4 Cosponsors (4 Republicans)



Aug 7, 2020

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H.R. 7981 (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. 7981. 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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