Portman Hails Unanimous Senate Passage of Otto Warmbier North Korea Censorship and Surveillance Act

June 17, 2022 | Press Releases

Portman Hails Unanimous Senate Passage of Otto Warmbier North Korea Censorship and Surveillance Act

Legislation Authored by Portman, Brown Passes on Eve of Five-Year Anniversary of Warmbier’s Death 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks hailing the unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan legislation, the Otto Warmbier North Korea Censorship and Surveillance Act. The legislation provides $10 million annually for the next five years to counter North Korea’s repressive censorship and surveillance state, while also encouraging sanctions on those who enable this repressive information environment both in and outside of North Korea.

The bill is named after Otto Warmbier, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native who was wrongfully imprisoned by the brutal North Korean regime and died as a result of the injuries he sustained while in custody. Five years ago, Otto’s friends and family lives were forever changed. Otto died on June 19, 2017, at the age of 22. His parents, Fred and Cindy, have turned their grief into action to hold the North Koreans accountable for this atrocity.

Transcripts of Senator Portman’s remarks can be found below and a video can be found here.