WASHINGTON (CNA) — The United States Senate passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019 Wednesday with unanimous consent.
The TAIPEI Act, which is aimed at supporting Taiwan’s international presence, is now expected to be presented to President Donald Trump for review.
The passage comes just one week after the legislation cleared the House floor March 4 with an unanimous vote of 415 to zero.
According to the website of the U.S. Senate, unanimous consent is a situation in which no member present objects to a proposal. A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings.
First introduced in the Senate by Cory Gardner last May, with Republican Congressman John Curtis unveiling a similar version in the House in October, the bill is aimed at expressing U.S. support for Taiwan’s diplomatic alliances around the world amid pressure from Beijing.
The Act authorizes the U.S. State Department to consider “reducing its economic, security and diplomatic engagements with nations that take serious or significant actions to undermine Taiwan.”
It also calls on the U.S. government to help Taiwan gain participation in international organizations, either as a member or an observer, and expresses its support for Taiwan’s international participation when it interacts with Beijing.
According to U.S. legislative procedure, a proposed law passed by Congress must be presented to the president, who then has 10 days to approve or disapprove it. Normally, bills he neither signs nor vetoes within 10 days become law, even without his signature.