Taiwan Diplomatic Review Act (H.R.3634)

Support Taiwan Diplomatic Review Act (H.R.3634) to ensure that Taiwan’s official representatives in the U.S. are accorded the dignity they deserve and strengthen congressional oversight over Taiwan policy.

Bill Info

  • Sponsor: Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] (Introduced 05/28/2021) 
  • Cosponsors: (5)
    Click HERE to view the full cosponsors list
  • Committees: House – Judiciary; Foreign Affairs
  • Latest Action: House – 05/28/2021 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)

What does this bill do?

The Act will adjust three elements of U.S. policy towards Taiwan to lend more dignity and respect to the 23 million people of U.S. long-time ally Taiwan.

◼︎ It renames Taiwan’s de facto embassy in the United States from Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) to Taiwan Representative Office (TRO).

The current title of Taiwan’s de facto embassy in Washington DC does not reflect the national identity and dignity of Taiwan.

Referring to Taiwan as “Taiwan” is consistent with longstanding U.S. policy. We therefore have the “TAIWAN Relations Act,” “TAIWAN Travel Act,” etc., and an “American Institute in TAIWAN” (AIT).

◼︎ It requires the President of the United States to appoint the Director of the “American Institute in Taiwan” with the advice and consent of the Senate. 

Currently, the AIT is the only one of three wholly U.S. government-funded “non-government” organizations whose directors are not subject to Senate confirmation. The appointments of chiefs of the other two, the “Millennium Challenge Corporation” and the “National Endowment for Democracy,” both require Senate advice and consent.

Also, under the U.S. Constitution, it is the President’s duty to nominate ambassadors “by and with the advice of the Senate.”

Given that the AIT Director performs as an ambassador on behalf of the U.S., it is therefore necessary to have the checks and balances by the Congress on such appointment. The lack of Congressional involvement is not constitutionally reasonable and could potentially harm U.S. interests without proper oversight.

◼︎ It creates a new visa category only for Taiwanese officials in the United States. 

Currently, the U.S. does not issue diplomatic visas to Taiwanese officials and diplomats, who instead receive “investor visas.” The new visa category is beneficial for Taiwanese representatives in the U.S. and also encourages closer government ties between U.S. and Taiwan officials.

How can you help: Write an Email to Your Representative

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  1. Fill in the form below.
  2. You will see your Representative’s name and a draft email template. Feel free to edit it.
  3. We strongly encourage you to customize the email by adding your Congress Member’s name to the first line and sign your name at the end of the email.
  4. Click the “Take Action” button, and our system will send the email to your Member’s congressional office directly.

After sending the email, please share the information with your friends and family and invite them to join the campaign. We can make a change if we work together!

** If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to 
FAPA Project Coordinator Chihyun Huang at cy.huang@fapa.org. **

■ Photo from Voice of American. 

Support Taiwan Diplomatic Review Act (H.R.3634) to ensures that Taiwan’s official representatives in the U.S. are accorded the dignity they deserve and strengthen congressional oversight over Taiwan policy.

Bill Info

  • Sponsor: Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] (Introduced 05/28/2021) 
  • Cosponsors: (5)
    Click HERE to view the full cosponsors list
  • Committees: House – Judiciary; Foreign Affairs
  • Latest Action: House – 05/28/2021 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)

What does this bill do?

The Act will adjust three elements of U.S. policy towards Taiwan to lend more dignity and respect to the 23 million people of U.S. long-time ally Taiwan.

◼︎ It renames Taiwan’s de facto embassy in the United States from Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) to Taiwan Representative Office (TRO).

The current title of Taiwan’s de facto embassy in Washington DC does not reflect the national identity and dignity of Taiwan.

Referring to Taiwan as “Taiwan” is consistent with longstanding U.S. policy. We therefore have the “TAIWAN Relations Act,” “TAIWAN Travel Act,” etc., and an “American Institute in TAIWAN” (AIT).

◼︎ It requires the President of the United States to appoint the Director of the “American Institute in Taiwan” with the advice and consent of the Senate. 

Currently, the AIT is the only one of three wholly U.S. government-funded “non-government” organizations whose directors are not subject to Senate confirmation. The appointments of chiefs of the other two, the “Millennium Challenge Corporation” and the “National Endowment for Democracy,” both require Senate advice and consent.

Also, under the U.S. Constitution, it is the President’s duty to nominate ambassadors “by and with the advice of the Senate.”

Given that the AIT Director performs as an ambassador on behalf of the U.S., it is therefore necessary to have the checks and balances by the Congress on such appointment. The lack of Congressional involvement is not constitutionally reasonable and could potentially harm U.S. interests without proper oversight.

◼︎ It creates a new visa category only for Taiwanese officials in the United States. 

Currently, the U.S. does not issue diplomatic visas to Taiwanese officials and diplomats, who instead receive “investor visas.” The new visa category is beneficial for Taiwanese representatives in the U.S. and also encourages closer government ties between U.S. and Taiwan officials.

How can you help: Write an Email to Your Representative

It is easy and can be done in 3 minutes!

  1. Fill in the form below and click the “Take Action” button.
  2. You will see your Representative’s name and a draft email template. Feel free to edit it.
  3. We strongly encourage you to customize the email by adding your Congress Member’s name to the first line and sign your name at the end of the email.
  4. Click the “Send Email” button, and our system will send the email to your Member’s congressional office directly.

After sending the email, please share the information with your friends and family and invite them to join the campaign. We can make a change if we work together!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to FAPA Project Coordinator Chihyun Huang at cy.huang@fapa.org. 

■ Photo from Voice of American. 

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Cheng-hsin Yang

    Please cosponsor Taiwan Diplomatic Review Act(H.R. 3634).

    Thank you so much !

  2. Renee Chang

    Your co-sponsoring “Taiwan Diplomatic Review Act(H.R. 3634) will be very appreciated.

    Sincerely,

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