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The horrors of Hong Kong

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"The world needs to see that the United States will stand up and say this is wrong; we stand with the people of Hong Kong."

That's not me talking. It's not Madeleine Albright or Samantha Power or Nancy Pelosi.

That's Jim Risch, Republican senator from Idaho and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He's the co-sponsor and, by his description, a "strong proponent" of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which provides for tighter scrutiny of the United States' special treatment of Hong Kong.

As for the demonstrators, they have two basic demands: democratic elections and an investigation of the police conduct during the protest.

Sen. Risch's committee passed a measure similar to the bill in September.

 

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously in mid-October.

Beijing didn't like it and accused American lawmakers of having "sinister intentions."

The bill could have been considered by the full Senate anytime after the committee passed it. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Donald Trump of the Senate, has refused to schedule the vote. The bill would easily pass the Senate, which is why it hasn't been brought to the floor.

Under pressure from his Republican colleagues, McConnell has agreed to meet with Sen. Risch and Sen. Marco Rubio and discuss the possibility of scheduling the bill for a Senate vote. How many Republicans does it take for any of them to stand up to President Trump?

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