03.14.16

U.S. House of Representatives Approves Gardner Taiwan Legislation

Bill Heads to President’s Desk

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today released the below statement after the House of Representatives approved his legislation that requires the United States Department of State to develop a strategy to include Taiwan as an observer in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). INTERPOL, which consists of 190 counties, is the world’s largest international police organization. Taiwan was a full member of INTERPOL from 1964-1984, until the People’s Republic of China (PRC) applied for membership.

 

“I’m pleased the House of Representatives acted swiftly to pass my legislation, which recognizes Taiwan as our ally and demonstrates the United States’ commitment to this longstanding relationship,” said Gardner. “My legislation urges the State Department to develop a strategy that would allow Taiwan the opportunity to participate in the vital work of the INTERPOL. I thank Senator Cardin and Representative Salmon for their leadership on this issue, and I urge the President to sign this bill into law in order to pave the path for Taiwan to collaborate with the United States and our allies to address today’s challenges that are not just isolated to a country or region, but span the globe.”

 

Background:

  • The Senate approved the legislation on March 9, 2016. 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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