Taiwan Policy Act: Senate panel advances bill to extend US security assistance to Taiwan

The bill, called the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, passed on a 17-5 vote, with Democratic Senators Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Republican Senators Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Rand Paul of Kentucky voting against the measure. , according to the Democratic aide.

The bill now heads to the Senate floor. It is not clear when he will get the vote.

Earlier this month, the Biden administration approved more than $1.1 trillion in arms sales to Taiwan, seen as potentially escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing. The administration formally notified Congress of the proposed sale, which includes 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles.

A State Department spokesman said at the time that the sales were consistent with US policy on Taiwan, noting that the US had supplied the island with defensive weapons.

They said the “rapid supply” of such weapons was “vital to Taiwan’s security,” and we will continue to work with the industry to support that goal.

Tensions between China and the US rose after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in early August. This visit was the first for a speaker to visit in 25 years at a time when relations with Washington-Pen have been particularly tense.
Delegations from the US Congress have also visited the autonomous island in recent weeks.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez hinted at the visits Wednesday to announce the legislation.

“After soliciting and receiving input that addressed the broad views and concerns of Committee members, holding multiple hearings and briefings on this issue, and allowing Committee members to travel to Taiwan, we passed comprehensive legislation. A new, bipartisan path to U.S.-Taiwan policy, that maintains cross-Strait stability, reinforcing the status quo that is under threat from Beijing and that, without it, would inevitably and forever collapse,” the New Jersey Democrat said.