US House backs 3 bills to support protests in Hong Kong

The House has passed three bills aimed at showing U.S. support for Hong Kong protesters who have been demonstrating against a human rights crackdown by China

WASHINGTON -- The House has passed three bills aimed at showing U.S. support for Hong Kong protesters who have been fighting a human rights crackdown by China.

The votes Tuesday follow months of protests aimed at the Beijing government's aggressive attempts to enforce control over the semi-autonomous territory.

One of the bills condemns China's intrusions into Hong Kong's affairs and supports the right of people to protest. Another requires regular evaluations of Beijing's attempts to interfere in Hong Kong society. A third bill would ensure that U.S. weapons are not being used against protesters by police.

All three bills were approved on voice votes.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the bills important reminders of U.S. support for human rights in the face of significant commercial interests in China.