Other signers of the letter include U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, R-Fla., Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Chris Smith, R-NJ.
Back in June, Rubio introduced the “Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act” with the support of U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Mary., Bob Menendez, D-NJ, Jeff Merkley, D-Oreg., and Todd Young, R-Ind. The bill “would provide those Hong Kongers who peacefully protested Beijing’s corrupt justice system, and have a well-founded fear of persecution, to be eligible for Priority 2 Refugee status” and is in “response to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) actions to implement its Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”
“Taiwan has more than earned its place in the WHA with its contributions to global public health and work to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The time to restore Taiwan’s observer status is now,” Yoho insisted.
Last week, Rubio brought out the “Adversarial Platform Prevention (APP) Act” which “would establish a set of data protection and censorship related standards and restrictions that must be met by high-risk foreign software...in order to legally operate in the United States.” Rubio’s bill would have warning labels on those programs and apps and ensure there are annual public disclosures from the companies running them.
“The resolution demands China to be held accountable under the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and urges a coordinated international response to bring these abuses to a halt,” Rubio’s office noted.
Other signers include Republican U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, Mike Lee of Utah and James Lankford of Oklahoma.
Rubio’s office noted that the proposal “would prohibit malign Chinese companies — including the parent, subsidiary, affiliate, or a controlling entity — that are listed on the U.S. Department of Commerce Entity List or the U.S. Department of Defense list of Communist Chinese military companies from accessing U.S. capital markets.”
As an original co-sponsor of the “Venezuela Temporary Protected Status and Asylum Assistance Act,” Rubio has repeatedly advocated a temporary solution for Venezuelans for whom it is too dangerous to return home.
Earlier this year, Rubio and Merkley were joined by more than 70 members of the Senate and the House in sending a letter to Pompeo and U.S. Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin regarding the ongoing atrocities in the XUAR against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.
Specifically, the members call on the secretaries to expedite visa applications and consideration of P-1 refugee referrals, to raise overall refugee limits, and to protect Uyghurs already in the United States.