Senate Bill 249
116th Congress(2019-2020)
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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Amendments
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Passed Senate on May 11, 2020
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Jan 29, 2019
Latest Action
May 12, 2020
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
249
Congress
116
Policy Area
International Affairs
International Affairs
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Sponsorship by Party
Oklahoma
Michigan
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Indiana
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Arkansas
Missouri
New Jersey
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
West Virginia
Passed
May 11, 2020
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
Summary

This bill directs the Department of State to include additional information in its annual reports concerning Taiwan's participation at the World Health Organization's World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer. The report shall describe changes and improvements to the State Department's plan to support Taiwan's observer status at the WHA, following any meetings at which Taiwan did not participate under such status. (China has opposed Taiwan's participation, based on its position that Taiwan is part of China and not a separate country.)

Text (3)
June 3, 2019
January 29, 2019
Amendments (1)
May 11, 2020
Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 1582
In the nature of a substitute.
Agreed To
Actions (12)
05/12/2020
Held at the desk.
05/12/2020
Received in the House.
05/12/2020
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
05/11/2020
Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S2346-2347)
05/11/2020
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
05/11/2020
The committee substitute withdrawn by Unanimous Consent. (CR S2346)
05/11/2020
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S2345-2347)
06/03/2019
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 100.
06/03/2019
Committee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Risch with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
05/22/2019
Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
01/29/2019
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
01/29/2019
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Jan 30, 2019 5:40:17 AM
Updated
Mar 19, 2021 4:53:41 AM