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S.Res. 49: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Chinese Communist Party’s espionage mission to send a surveillance balloon across the United States, in violation of international law, is unacceptable and should be condemned.


The text of the resolution below is as of Feb 9, 2023 (Introduced).


III

118th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 49

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 9, 2023

submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the Senate that the Chinese Communist Party’s espionage mission to send a surveillance balloon across the United States, in violation of international law, is unacceptable and should be condemned.

Whereas, on January 28, 2023, the Chinese Communist Party flew a balloon aircraft into United States airspace in Alaska to conduct surveillance;

Whereas, on January 31, 2023, the Chinese surveillance balloon reentered United States airspace over Idaho;

Whereas, on February 1, 2023, the Chinese surveillance balloon was seen over Montana;

Whereas, on February 2, 2023, the Department of Defense confirmed its detection and tracking of the Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon;

Whereas, on February 3, 2023, the Chinese surveillance balloon was seen over Missouri; and

Whereas, at 2:39 p.m. on February 4, 2023, the United States military shot down the Chinese surveillance balloon using a single AIM–9X air-to-air missile fired from a F–22 Raptor off the coast of Surfside Beach, South Carolina: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—

(1)

condemns the Chinese Communist Party’s invasion of United States airspace to conduct surveillance;

(2)

affirms that it is the policy of the United States to protect the sovereignty and integrity of United States airspace from foreign and hostile state actors, especially the People's Republic of China; and

(3)

calls on the President to be transparent with the American people and Congress regarding this latest spying incident and all other attempts by the Chinese Communist Party to conduct surveillance on United States citizens, territory, and assets.