CO-SPONSOR and VOTE FOR HR 1838
“THE TAIWAN SECURITY ENHANCEMENT ACT”
- the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act is scheduled for a
floor vote on Tuesday, February 1st. As cosponsors of this
bill and members of the Committee on International Relations,
we are contacting you as fellow members of the Congressional
Black Caucus to urge your favorable vote on this important
to a Pentagon report to Congress earlier this year, China
is engaged in a major buildup of ballistic missiles on its
coast directly across the strait from Taiwan. Beijing is
simultaneously increasing pressure on the U.S. to limit
or cease our sales to Taiwan of defensive weaponry.
believe that the United States must remain steadfast firmly
committed to fulfilling our obligations under the Taiwan
Relations Act - in which the U.S. promised to provide Taiwan
with the means to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability
- to maintain a balance of power in the region.
this end, the bi-partisan Gilman Gejdenson amendment in
the nature of a substitute of the “Taiwan Security Enhancement
Act” was passed overwhelmingly by the House International
Relations Committee on October 26 with 32 to 6 votes. The
bill has four main thrusts:
It enables Taiwan to maintain its self-defense capabilities;
It states that any determination of the ultimate status
of Taiwan must have the express consent of the people on
It requires an annual Presidential report to Congress on
Taiwan’s defense needs;
It redresses deficiencies in Taiwan’s readiness by establishing
direct communications between our militaries.
bill currently has 82 cosponsors.
you for your consideration. If you have questions, please
contact Faith Blackburn of my staff at 5-3461.
best regards, we are
Gregory W. Meeks
Rep. Donald M. Payne