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house Bill H.R. 1295

Should the U.S. Continue to Offer Duty-Free Imports From African Countries and Haiti?

Argument in favor

Eliminating tariffs on some imported goods from Africa, Haiti, and other less developed countries will promote economic growth and stability overseas, while saving American consumers and businesses money at home.

Keventle's Opinion
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06/19/2015
Lowers trade costs and barriers, while increasing 3rd world economies. This will help get those people out of poverty and make trading more appealing. Any argument claiming civil rights abuse is a reason not to trade with them is only making it worse by keeping the barriers. They have child labour etc. because it's a bad economy and business don't want to supply jobs because of the barriers. Lowering restrictions lowers civil liberties abuse.
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Cary's Opinion
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04/17/2015
The process is currently too complicated and long. The annual filing insures compliance, so make it easy to get started.
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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06/20/2015
Whenever and wherever free trade is an option, it should be the consensus. Free trade will only benefit all nations involved overall by allowing both sides to produce the goods and services by which they possess a comparative advantage. In totality, free trade increases the average standard of living of involved nations by maximizing the competitive landscape.
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Argument opposed

While the U.S. generally isn’t competing for textile exports, this will make the imported goods cheaper to buy in the U.S. -- which could have a negative impact on domestic jobs.

Rod's Opinion
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04/15/2015
Fix the foolish NFL tax exempt status first, THEN let's talk about sensible adjustments. Come on Congress. WHO is getting paid off to ignore this obvious fraud (political donations). What is your plan of action to fix this NOW?
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Kelly's Opinion
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06/12/2015
There are too many human rights issues being violated by African countries. No tax free or duty free until they fix those issues
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Christian's Opinion
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04/15/2015
Tax exemption is a privilege, not a right. Let the due process take its course
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    Fix the foolish NFL tax exempt status first, THEN let's talk about sensible adjustments. Come on Congress. WHO is getting paid off to ignore this obvious fraud (political donations). What is your plan of action to fix this NOW?
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    There are too many human rights issues being violated by African countries. No tax free or duty free until they fix those issues
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    The process is currently too complicated and long. The annual filing insures compliance, so make it easy to get started.
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    Lowers trade costs and barriers, while increasing 3rd world economies. This will help get those people out of poverty and make trading more appealing. Any argument claiming civil rights abuse is a reason not to trade with them is only making it worse by keeping the barriers. They have child labour etc. because it's a bad economy and business don't want to supply jobs because of the barriers. Lowering restrictions lowers civil liberties abuse.
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    Whenever and wherever free trade is an option, it should be the consensus. Free trade will only benefit all nations involved overall by allowing both sides to produce the goods and services by which they possess a comparative advantage. In totality, free trade increases the average standard of living of involved nations by maximizing the competitive landscape.
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    Tax exemption is a privilege, not a right. Let the due process take its course
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    This is already a much abused system. It does not need to be easier. It needs more accountability.
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    The IRS needs reform but not by cutting corners.
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    Not enough information on the positive and negative impacts of this legislation.
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    AGOA has, by most measures, been an overwhelming success. It has helped us grow our influence in Sub-Saharan Africa while simultaneously combatting abusive governments and providing positive economic development.
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    Tariffs are a blight on the economies of both the countries involved. Lower tariffs benefit the majority of the economy, despite losses in one particular industry. Let importers and exporters alike be free to do business as they please.
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    This bill will lower the prices on these imported good and generally they don't affect American jobs
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    The government takes too much time "vetting" organizations as charities. What this usually amounts to is bias against conservative organizations. I don't trust the government, therefore giving them all the time in the world to find a reason to reject organizations that they don't like makes no sense to me.
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    When will you put Americans first?
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    Look at the trade deficit
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    We pay foreign aid and citizens get nothing at all for it. The same amount treated as a foregone revenue opportunity would also help our customers.
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    Because the IRS is corrupt and should be dissolved
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    This should be done not to support development of those countries (that is not the responsibility of our government or consumers), but to benefit consumers. This will hopefully benefit the development of those countries as a bonus. If consumers feel strongly about helping Haiti, they can buy Haitian stuff. Everyone benefits from more free trade.
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    Yes trade is one of the best ways to aid undeveloped nations far better than direct subsidies
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    Only if that process is easier than the current system requires.
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