PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS TAIWAN TRAVEL ACT INTO LAW

Today, on March 16, 2018, President Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act (TTA – HR535/S1051) into law.
The binding Taiwan Travel Act legislation states that Congress finds that: “Since the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act, relations between the United States and Taiwan have suffered from a lack of communication due to the self-imposed restrictions that the United States maintains on high-level visits with Taiwan.” It concludes that: “the United States Government should encourage visits between the United States and Taiwan at all levels.”
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Steve Chabot (R-OH), Brad Sherman (D-CA), and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) had introduced the Taiwan Travel Act in the House on January 13, 2017. When it passed the floor of the House of Representatives unanimously on January 9, 2018, the bill enjoyed the co-sponsorship of 81 members of Congress.
The TTA was introduced in the Senate on May 4, 2017 as S1051 by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Gary Peters (D-MI.) At SFRC passage it enjoyed the further co-sponsorship of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ron Wyden (D-OR.) It unanimously passed the floor of the Senate on February 28.
FAPA President Mike Kuo states: “We are very grateful to Senator Rubio for leading the charge in the Senate on this very important issue, and to the Senators that co-introduced the bill.”
Dr. Kuo concludes: “This is a memorable and great day in U.S.-Taiwan relations. With the president’s signature the Taiwan Travel Act will open the door for top leaders of Taiwan to come to DC – including president Tsai Ing-wen.”

川普總統簽署台灣旅行法為正式法律

今日,2018316,美國總統川普簽署「台灣旅行法」(HR535),完成立法。
 
「台灣旅行法」是具有國會約束力的法案,它明確指出美國國會認為「自從台灣關係法制定後,由於美國自身對於台灣高層訪美的自我設限,台灣與美國始終缺乏有效的溝通,顯著地阻礙了台美關係的發展。」因此,作為結論,「美國政府理應當促進美國與台灣之間所有層級的互訪。」
眾議院成員夏波(Steve ChabotR-OH)、薛爾曼(Brad ShermanD-CA),和外交委員會主席羅伊斯議員(Ed RoyceR-CA)2017113日共同在眾議院提出台灣旅行法。該法案在今年19日在眾院無異議通過時,享有81位眾議員的連署支持。
2017年的54日,台灣旅行法在參議院由參議員魯比奧(Marco Rubio R-FL) ,參議員布朗(Sherrod Brown D-OH),參議員殷荷菲(Jim InhofeR-OK),參議員梅南德茲(Bob MenendezD-NJ),參議員賈德納(Cory GardnerR-CO),與參議員彼德斯(Gary PetersD-MI)共同提出。在通過外交委員會前,參議員克魯茲(Ted CruzR-TX)與懷登(Ron Wyden D-OR)也共同連署支持此項法案。該法案在2018228日在參院投票時無異議通過。
台灣人公共事務會會長郭正光博士說道:「我們特別感謝魯比奧參議員在參院領銜,會同其他連署參議員,共同提出這個重要的法案。 」
郭博士以此作結:「今天,是台美關係中十分值得紀念且美好的一天。 台灣旅行法由總統簽署立法後,將開啟台灣高層官員包括總統蔡英文女士前往華府訪問的大門。」
(Mar 16, 2018) PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS TAIWAN TRAVEL ACT INTO LAW / 川普總統簽署台灣旅行法為正式法律
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