Time had nearly run out on the TPSA. If Congress didn’t pass the bill before the year ended, it would have to start all over again in 2021. All of the previous votes and actions that Congress had already taken on the bill would be for naught.

Thankfully, just days before Christmas, the House and Senate both finally passed the TPSA as part of a government spending package. President Trump was expected to sign the legislation into law immediately thereafter. The TPSA’s long journey had at last come to fruition, and a new era in US support for Tibet was about to begin.