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H.Res. 219: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United Nations should forthwith take the procedural actions necessary to amend Article 23 of the Charter of the United Nations to remove the People’s Republic of China as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

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About the resolution

Should a nation with so many human rights violations hold such power on a body charged with protecting global human rights?


The 15-member United Nations Security Council takes the lead on U.N. matters, including authorizing force and imposing sanctions, in the name of human rights and world peace. Within that group five nations are permanent members who also possess veto power on any item before the Council: the U.S., China, Russia, U.K., and France.

Collectively, those five nations have vetoed 210 resolutions in the organization’s history. Five of the six most recent vetoes involved China, although all those cases involved an additional veto vote from Russia. The last time China vetoed a resolution solely on its own was in 1999.

(Neither the U.K. nor France have used their veto …

Sponsor and status

Gus Bilirakis

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 12th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 11, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Mar 11, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 11, 2021

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 11, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Mar 11, 2021

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H.Res. 219 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. 219. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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