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S. 178 (116th): UIGHUR Act of 2019

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A bill to condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China.

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Sponsor and status

Marco Rubio

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Florida. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019
Length: 18 pages
Introduced
Jan 17, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and though it was passed by both chambers on December 3, 2019 it was passed in non-identical forms and the differences were never resolved.

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).

Cosponsors

50 Cosponsors (27 Democrats, 21 Republicans, 2 Independents)

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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rubio, Menendez Applaud House Passage of Senate Uyghur Bill
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] (Sponsor) on Dec 3, 2019

Menendez, Rubio Applaud House Passage of Senate Uyghur Bill
    — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 4, 2019

Rep. Soto Pushes National Memorial for Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims
    — Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL9] on Dec 5, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates new spending due to S. 178 will be negligible.
R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates S. 178 will add $502 billion in new spending through 2030.

History

Jan 17, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

May 22, 2019
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Sep 11, 2019
 
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Oct 30, 2019
 
Considered by House Committee on Foreign Affairs

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Dec 3, 2019
 
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes.

S. 178 (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 S. 178. 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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