(ConservativeCore.com)- The House of Representatives did something rather unprecedented earlier this week: It passed a bill on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis.
The bill in question, H.R. 1154, is called the Stopped Forced Organ Harvesting Act, and it passed with 413 votes in favor and only two votes against. The bill would place sanctions on any people or entities that are involved in the harvesting of human organs that’s state-sponsored by the Chinese Communist Party.
The bill, citing previous testimony, says that some ethnic minorities in China, including the Falun Dafa and the Uyghurs, have been the targets of this disgusting practice.
During debate on the House floor, Republican Representative of Chris Smith, one of the sponsors of the bill, said:
“State-sponsored forced organ harvesting is big business for [Chinese President Xi Jinping] and the CHinese Communist Party and shows absolutely no signs of abating.”
The only two members of the House who voted against this bill were both Republicans – Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. In commenting about his vote to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Massie said:
“The bill gives the president unilateral broad authority to sanction individuals and politicians without any adjudication or due process. Furthermore, according to language in this bill, anyone who receives or offers compensation for an organ donation could be defined as an organ trafficker eligible for punitive actions from the U.S. president.”
So, in other words, Massie isn’t against trying to stop the Chinese government from sponsoring organ harvesting. Rather, he doesn’t like some parts of the bill that he believes go a little too far.
As for Greene, she said to the DCNF that it’s a “flawed bill that encourages more U.S. involvement in globalist organizations.”
She believes, then, that the United States should stay out of more and more international matters, even in issues such as organ harvesting. There are more important things to worry about here at home in her mind, and so she voted against the bill.
It was introduced by a bipartisan group of House members including Democrats Kathy Manning of North Carolina and Bill Keating of Massachusetts along with Republicans Michael McCaul of Texas and Smith.
The bill would impose certain sanctions on people who violated the rules, which could include 20 years in prison, fines that could total as much as $1 million, as well as a complete ban on obtaining visas or buying property.
The president of the United States would have the discretion to determine people who he or she believes sponsor, fund or facilitate in any way the forced organ harvesting or trafficking of humans for the purpose of removing their organs.
If passed, the bill would amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1969. That bill put in place that no aid would be sent to any country that violated established international human rights. The new bill would amend that to require reports be made on forced human organ harvesting and trafficking overseas.