On April 25, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific met to mark up H.R. 419, the Taiwan Policy Act of 2013. The purpose of the legislation is to strengthen and clarify the commercial, cultural, and other relations between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan, as codified in the Taiwan Relations Act, and for other purposes. An amendment in the nature of a substitute was offered by subcommittee chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and was accepted by voice vote, sending the bill to the full committee for consideration.