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 Senate Passes WHO Bill -S 2092
For immediate release                                      May 7, 2004


On May 6, 2004 the Senate unanimously passed S2092 authorizing the Secretary of
State "to introduce a resolution in support of observer status for Taiwan at the
summit of the World Health Assembly."

At passage the bill enjoyed the co-sponsorship of the following Senators: Sen
George Allen [VA], Sen Christopher S. bond [MO], Sen Saxby Chambliss [GA], Sen
Susan Collins [ME], Sen Mike Crapo [ID], Sen Dick Durbin [IL], Sen Russ Feingold
[WI], Sen Jim Inhofe [OK], Sen Tim Johnson [SD], Sen Jon Kyl [AZ] Sen Joe
Lieberman [CT], Sen Trent Lott [MS], Sen Jeff Sessions [AL], Sen George
Voinovich [OH].

Additionally, the bill authorizes the Secretary of State "to initiate a United
States plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan at the annual
week-long summit of the World Health Assembly each year in Geneva, Switzerland."

FAPA President Ming-chi Wu states: "Given the fact that the language of S2092 is
stronger than the bill that was originally introduced in the House in February,
illustrates that the Congress is getting impatient with the lackluster actions
the State Department's has taken in support of Taiwan's WHO bid. The ball is in
the State Department's court now. Hopefully the State Department will not
disappoint Congress this year again."

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