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H.Res. 162: Urging that the International Olympic Committee rebid the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and expressing the sense of Congress that the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee should not participate if the Games are held in the People’s Republic of China and that the United States Government should lead an international boycott if the Games are held in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.

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Would the move be worth depriving American athletes of their chance to win gold medals?


In 1980, the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, more generally in response to Soviet Union human rights violations but more immediately due to 1979’s Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 65 nations ultimately boycotted the games, including China, Japan, Israel, and Canada. However, some major U.S. allies including the U.K., France, and Australia still participated.

The U.S. decision was made by President Jimmy Carter, not by Congress. Yet Congress still passed nonbinding resolutions overwhelmingly approving the decision, by 386–12 in the House and 88–4 in the Senate.

Next year’s 2022 Winter Olympics are slated for three cities in northeastern China: primarily Beijing, but also Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. With …

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Michael Waltz

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2021
Length: 8 pages
Feb 24, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 24, 2021

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 24, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


18 Cosponsors (18 Republicans)



Feb 24, 2021

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H.Res. 162 is a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 162. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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