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S. 249 (116th): A bill to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

James “Jim” Inhofe

Sponsor. Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 11, 2020
Length: 10 pages
Jan 29, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on May 11, 2020 but was never passed by the House.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senate Passes Inhofe, Menendez Legislation That Would Work Towards Taiwan's Inclusion in WHO
    — Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK] (Sponsor) on May 11, 2020

Senate Passes Legislation to Work Toward Taiwan’s Inclusion in World Health Organization
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Co-sponsor) on May 13, 2020

Senate Unanimously Approves Menendez, Inhofe Legislation to Work Towards Taiwan’s Inclusion in WHO
    — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ] (Co-sponsor) on May 12, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to S. 249 will be negligible.


Jan 29, 2019

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.

May 11, 2020
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.

S. 249 (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. 249. 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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