IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 24, 2019
Mr. Merkley (for himself, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Markey, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Scott of Florida, Mr. Coons, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Blumenthal, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Inhofe, and Mr. Wyden) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To prohibit the commercial export of covered munitions items to the Hong Kong Police Force.
Appropriate congressional committees
The term appropriate congressional committees means—
the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
Covered munitions items
The term covered munitions items means tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, foam rounds, bean bag rounds, pepper balls, water cannons, handcuffs, shackles, stun guns, and tasers.
The term Hong Kong has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 (22 U.S.C. 5702).
Hong kong police force
The term Hong Kong Police Force means—
the Hong Kong Police Force; and
the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force.
Prohibition on commercial export of covered munitions items to the Hong Kong Police Force
Except as provided in subsection (b), beginning on the date that is 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall prohibit the issuance of licenses to export covered munitions items to the Hong Kong Police Force.
The prohibition set forth in subsection (a) shall not apply to the issuance of a license with respect to which the President submits to the appropriate congressional committees, not fewer than 30 days before the date of such issuance, a written notice—
certifying that the exports to be covered by such license are important to the national interests and foreign policy goals of the United States; and
describing the manner in which such exports will promote such interests and goals.