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house Bill H.R. 1098

Should Countries That Don't Try to Stop Fentanyl Exports Be Ineligible for U.S. Foreign Aid?

Argument in favor

Fentanyl is a major contributor to America’s deadly opioid crisis, causing thousands of deaths a year. It’s necessary to do everything we can to prevent it from entering the U.S., including making countries that don’t do enough to curb fentanyl trafficking from within their borders ineligible for U.S. foreign aid.

JTJ's Opinion
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03/15/2019
Cut off all foreign aid period. Our government should not be stealing from its citizens and giving it to other countries.
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Doug's Opinion
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03/15/2019
I agree with this, but why only apply this to drugs? The USA gives massive amounts of taxpayer money to countries, organizations (cough..UN), and groups that actively undermine our values, goals and in some cases kill our citizens.
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Bob's Opinion
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03/15/2019
Every country should be ineligible for U.S. foreign aid. Our government shouldn't steal from us and give our money to foreign governments.
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Argument opposed

The main target of this bill, China, is already taking numerous actions to fight the fentanyl epidemic. Moreover, given that fentanyl imports into the U.S. are driven by domestic demand — i.e., the opioid epidemic — it’d be more effective to focus on reducing opioid abuse, rather than limiting fentanyl imports.

burrkitty's Opinion
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03/15/2019
Barking up the wrong tree. Treat addiction like the public health issue that it is and get people in treatment instead of prisons. Supply side doesn’t work for drugs or economics. Kill demand.
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DrCindyBean's Opinion
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03/14/2019
This would be very difficult to police. As written, I’m not in favor of this. We should have a robust, fully functional State Department that could be involved in guidance on how to best stop countries from allowing fentanyl and similarly dangerous drugs to reach the USA ports of entry.
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Aron's Opinion
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03/15/2019
No, because aid should never be held hostage to policy change.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2019
    Cut off all foreign aid period. Our government should not be stealing from its citizens and giving it to other countries.
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    Barking up the wrong tree. Treat addiction like the public health issue that it is and get people in treatment instead of prisons. Supply side doesn’t work for drugs or economics. Kill demand.
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    This would be very difficult to police. As written, I’m not in favor of this. We should have a robust, fully functional State Department that could be involved in guidance on how to best stop countries from allowing fentanyl and similarly dangerous drugs to reach the USA ports of entry.
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    I agree with this, but why only apply this to drugs? The USA gives massive amounts of taxpayer money to countries, organizations (cough..UN), and groups that actively undermine our values, goals and in some cases kill our citizens.
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    No, because aid should never be held hostage to policy change.
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    Every country should be ineligible for U.S. foreign aid. Our government shouldn't steal from us and give our money to foreign governments.
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    This is another stupid idea run amok by an Administration that uses these terms liberally to make excuses for their malfeasance. There are two types of Fentanyl; Pharmaceutical and Illegally Manufactured Fentanyl, the later of which is introduced with other illegal drugs such as Heroin and Cocaine to produce a lethal dose to addicts and users. The greatest distribution of opioids has been the U.S. Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industry that provides these high grade opioid products. If anyone should receive scrutiny it is the industry that has proliferated their use. Abusers inevitably discover illegal drugs are cheaper and more accessible than Pharmaceutical Grade products, so it is a vicious cycle that is difficult to break. Want to punish China for infringing upon U.S. Intellectual Property, go ahead. But they own part of the US Public Debt and the Law wouldn’t impact China, just as the Administration’s Tariffs have failed to produce greater GDP.
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    The United States cannot force other countries to adopt a cookie-cutter policy on drugs. We shouldn’t be blaming other countries for our own opioid crisis and deal with it ourselves. One way to deal with it is by treating drug abuse as an illness rather than a crime. We need more drug rehabilitation and mental health programs, not more incarceration!
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    This bill — the Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act — would make countries that allow exports of illicit fentanyl ineligible for taxpayer-subsidized foreign aid from the U.S. or Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) loans. I did know we gave foreign aid to China? Sounds like another republican move to move the goal line?
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    We need to address the root of the problem. Using foreign aid in this situation is as good as the trickle down economics theory... which is garbage.
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    Focus on cracking down on illicit fentanyl/carfentanil & heroin and leave chronic pain patients and their doctors ALONE!
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    I’m in favor of a way to curb this but why is the answer to everything to punish the helpless and hungry. Better to work on a way to police this without making the lives of the needy worse.
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    Of course a Republican thought of this. What a dumb, ignorant idea. Pick up a research article and actually READ it for once. So many countries are addressing drug abuse issues in evidence-based, logical ways and finding much success but of course, in ‘Merica, we have to let the ignorant lead policy.
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    Rep. Sensenbrenner would do better if he talked with addiction experts. To combat fentanyl addiction from the supply side is futile. It is more effectively addressed from the consumer side with quality co-occurring treatment programs. That’s where the money would be better spent.
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    Someone needs to read Congress the definition of 'Aid' and then the definition of 'Extortion' which is what bills like this are...
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    Punishment punishment punishment. It doesn't work as a primary tool. The opioid crisis is induced by restricting access (not supply) and refusing to treat a known biochemical process inherent in humans. Addicts aren't dirty scum! Stop avoiding the need to treat people who must opiates. Treat the addiction process and the supply will dry up. Or did y'all conveniently forget capitalism all of a sudden?!
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    We should stop our own country's pharma companies from pushing these opioids like they were candy. They should be held criminally liable for the thousands of deaths their unethical marketing campaign created. And stop the "war on drugs." Treat addiction like the disease it is and provide the treatment people need.
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    The fentanyl problem must be fought by reducing demand. Fight addiction before it starts and get help for those who need it. This epidemic must end. It is rampant across the entire country. I
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    I don’t think that after forty years of failure, the solution is “more war on drugs”.
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    Fentanyl is one of the many opioids that have caused this crisis of drug abuse and addiction. Our government is responsible. But cutting off foreign aid shouldn't be just because of fentanyl. There are a plethora of policies in which our tax dollars are being spent on that is suppose to benefit the American people yet we bear the brunt of our government being financially irresponsible with our tax dollar and they are doing more harm than good. So these are the so called intelligent men and women of congress who care about us. Policies are getting more stupid everyday and why? They are not dealing with the real issues. They are side barring the real issues to discuss these non factor policies. God almighty we need you..these little gods are only looking out for special interest and themselves.
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