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H.R. 8428 (116th): Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act of 2020

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To provide for temporary protected status for residents of Hong Kong, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Tom Malinowski

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Length: 23 pages
Sep 29, 2020
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 December 7, 2020 but was never passed by the Senate.


23 Cosponsors (17 Democrats, 6 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Representative Malinowskis Bipartisan Legislation to Protect the People of Hong Kong Moves Forward in the Foreign Affairs Committee
    — Rep. Tom Malinowski [D-NJ7] (Sponsor) on Oct 1, 2020

Kinzinger, Malinowski Legislation to Protect the People of Hong Kong Moves Forward in Committee
    — Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R-IL16] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 5, 2020

<span class='\"kicker\"'>House passes Smith bill</span>Smith statement as House debates Belarus Democracy, Human Rights and Sovereignty Act of 2020
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] on Nov 18, 2020

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Sep 29, 2020

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Oct 1, 2020
Ordered Reported

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Dec 4, 2020
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

Dec 7, 2020
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. 8428 (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. 8428. 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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