As Lam took her place at the chamber's lectern to deliver her annual policy address, lawmakers repeatedly jeered and shouted at her, demanding her resignation.
Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), on Wednesday announced a raft of short- and medium-term support measures to tackle the housing woes of Hong Kong, whose houses are among the least affordable in the world.
Beijing-backed Lam, who has rejected calls for her to stand down, was due to present her third policy address as escalating violence has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its biggest political crisis in decades. Geng said Wednesday that USA lawmakers were "disregarding and distorting facts by referring to serious criminal offenses such as arson, smashing of shops and violence against police officers as an issue of human rights and democracy".
The demands include universal suffrage for the Chinese-ruled city and an independent inquiry into what they say has been excessive force by police in dealing with the unrest.
The bill would require the US secretary of state to certify every year that Hong Kong retained its autonomy in order to keep receiving the special treatment that has allowed it to be a major financial center.
David Zweig, an emeritus professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and director of Transnational China Consulting Ltd., noted that the US legislation stopped short of altering the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, which provides the city's special trading status.
She ended up delivering her annual policy address via video instead.
On Tuesday, the House also passed the Protect Hong Kong Act, which would halt the export to Hong Kong of crowd-control devices such as tear gas and rubber bullets.
While the scarcity of public housing is an important quality-of-life concern for a lot of people in Hong Kong, the protesters' demands have evolved far beyond that, he said.
Echoing Beijing's tone, the Hong Kong government expressed its disapproval of the recent passage of the bill and claimed, "since the return to the Motherland, the HKSAR has been exercising. a high degree of autonomy" that has ensured rights and freedoms otherwise unthinkable in mainland China.
Hong Kong has been racked by sometimes-violent anti-government protests since June.
"In a word, Carrie Lam, along with Beijing, when facing Hong Kong problems, are both trying to replace politics with governance, replace democracy with authoritarianism", he said.
Legislative Council president Andrew Leung adjourned the meeting barely minutes after it had begun after opposition legislators started chanting slogans, hurling abuse and used a light projector to beam slogans onto the chamber wall.
"Additional resources may be allocated to the Hong Kong Tourism Board for running overseas promotions, organising shopping festivals, and offering merchandise concessions and discount coupons in collaboration with the retail sector", Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a report.
Under U.S. law, Hong Kong receives special treatment in matters of trade, customs, sanctions enforcement, law enforcement cooperation and more.
"I do not agree or submit to the view that Hong Kong's rights and liberties and freedoms have been eroded in whatsoever way", she said.
U.S. lawmakers have supported Hong Kong protesters by passing a bill aimed at upholding human rights in the city.