The bill, called the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, was approved by a 17-5 vote, Democrat Sens Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky voting against the measure. , according to a Democratic aide.
The bill now heads to the Senate floor. It is unclear when he will get a vote.
A State Department spokesperson said at the time that the sales were in line with US policy toward Taiwan, noting the long history of the US supplying defensive weapons to the island. .
The “prompt supply” of these weapons, they said, was “essential to Taiwan’s security and we will continue to work with industry to support this goal.”
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez nodded to the visits when announcing the legislation on Wednesday.
“Having solicited and incorporated input from Committee members to address a wide range of views and concerns, organized multiple hearings and briefings on this issue, and enabled Committee members to travel to Taiwan, we passed a comprehensive bill to lay out a new bipartisan path for US-Taiwanese policy that maintains stability across the strait, while reinforcing a status quo that is threatened by Beijing and which, without reinforcement, will would inevitably and invariably collapse,” the New Jersey Democrat said.