S.Con.Res 17: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be accorded observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

S.Con.Res 17

A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be accorded observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Sponsor
Sen. Robert Menendez

Date
September 11, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider S.Con.Res. 17, a concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be accorded observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority for approval. The bill was introduced on May 12, 2011, by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  The committee ordered the bill to be reported favorably on July 26, 2011, and the bill was agreed to in the Senate on September 21, 2011, without amendment, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

S.Con.Res. 17 would express the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be accorded observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The bill would state that meaningful participation by the Government of Taiwan as an observer in the meetings and activities of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will contribute both to the fulfillment of the ICAO's overarching mission and to the success of a global strategy to address aviation security threats based on effective international cooperation.

Further, the bill would state that the United States Government should take a leading role in garnering international support for the granting of observer status to Taiwan in the ICAO for the purpose of such participation, and that the Department of State should provide briefings to or consult with Congress on any efforts conducted by the United States Government in support of Taiwan's attainment of observer status in the ICAO.

Background

According to findings in the bill, “[the] Convention on International Civil Aviation, signed in Chicago, Illinois, on December 7, 1944, and entered into force April 4, 1947, approved the establishment of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), stating, ‘The aims and objectives of the Organization are to develop the principles and techniques of international air navigation and to foster the planning and development of international air transport so as to meet the needs of the peoples of the world for safe, regular, efficient and economical air transport.’”

Cost

There is no Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate for this legislation.