Washington D.C. – Today, the House passed  Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke on the House Floor in support of the Tibetan Policy and Support Act. 

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-Remarks as Delivered-

“I rise today in strong support of H.R. 4331, the Tibetan Policy and Support Act. The Chinese Communist Party’s, or CCP’s, crusade against faith is the greatest threat to religious freedom in the world today. This bill reminds us that the religious persecution didn’t begin under Chairman Xi. The CCP has always hated and feared religion.

“Since China invaded Tibet in 1950, the CCP has tried to dismantle Tibetan Buddhism. In 1995, Chinese authorities kidnapped the second highest Tibetan faith leader and replaced him with a fraud. The Chinese Communist Party wants to ensure Tibetan leaders are chosen according to their agenda, their political agenda, not according to Tibetan Buddhist religious practices. This bill states that the United States will not accept the CCP’s destruction of Tibetan Buddhism.

“We will not accept fraudulent religious leaders appointed by Beijing, and we will not accept the CCP’s control of deeply spiritual beliefs. So with that, I urge my colleagues to support this important measure, and I reserve the balance of my time.”