Committee Approves Romney Bill to Confront Rise of China

Legislation would require the U.S. to partner with allies around the world

WASHINGTON— The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today voted to approve the Indo-Pacific Cooperation Act of 2019, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and cosponsored by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Todd Young (R-IN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would require the U.S. to partner with allies in the Indo-Pacific region, Europe, and elsewhere, to develop a unified approach to address the rise of China.

“It is past time for us to construct a comprehensive strategy to confront China’s growing aggression,” Senator Romney said. “Together with our allies in the Indo-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere, we must develop an approach to address the threat China poses to our freedom here and around the world. I want to thank the committee for voting in favor of our legislation today and urge its swift passage when it comes before the full Senate.”

The full text of the legislation can be found here.