Gardner, Markey Legislation Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA) Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, commended the Senate for passing on Tuesday a bipartisan resolution celebrating the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act (TRA):

“The TRA is a cornerstone of U.S. relations with Taiwan and I’m pleased to see this bipartisan resolution pass the Senate,” said Senator Gardner. “I’ve worked for years to enhance the United States’ ties with Taiwan in order to strengthen Taiwan’s standing around the world and reaffirm our commitment to the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. I will continue to advocate on behalf of Taiwan and the Taiwanese people, as guided by United States law, including the Taiwan Relations Act, the Taiwan Travel Act, and Asia Reassurance Initiative Act.”

“I was proud to vote for the Taiwan Relations Act in 1979. The realities of a new era call for renewed dedication to peace, security, and our shared values,” said Senator Markey. “As we commemorate the TRA’s 40th anniversary, I look forward to redoubling bipartisan efforts to uphold our responsibility to strengthen relations between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan.” 

Senator Markey is one of only two current United States Senators to have voted for the TRA in 1979.