Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), passed the Taiwan Travel Act (H.R. 535). The bipartisan legislation encourages visits between the United States and Taiwan at all levels.

On the Taiwan Travel Act, Chairman Royce said: “Currently, the State Department enforces self-imposed restrictions on official travel between the U.S. and Taiwan. This bill denounces that practice by encouraging more frequent official visits – including at the highest levels – and will serve to further strengthen the critical U.S.-Taiwan partnership. This bill builds off legislation we passed out of the committee last month, which addressed Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Assembly.”

Last month, Chairman Royce led a bipartisan delegation to Taiwan, where he was awarded the Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon for his outstanding contributions to Taiwan’s development.

Additionally, the committee passed, as amended, H.R. 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), which expands sanctions against Iran for its illicit ballistic missile program.

A summary of the committee action, including adopted amendments, will be available HERE.