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house Bill H.R. 1372

Does Homeland Security Need to Consider Childrens' Needs in its Disaster Planning?

Argument in favor

Children are among the most vulnerable groups in society when disaster strikes, and have unique physical and emotional needs that need to be taken into account to prevent mental long-term mental trauma.

J.a.'s Opinion
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04/25/2017
Good God yes! Why is this even a question?
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Samuel's Opinion
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04/24/2017
While the government should address the welfare of all individuals, there are people who generally have greater needs; and the government should take special precautions to ensure their welfare. This obviously includes children, but also should include the elderly, the disabled, and those who are ill.
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Cole's Opinion
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04/24/2017
No politician in their right mind would vote against a bill to help children. Then again, this is congress we're talking about...
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Argument opposed

The Dept. of Homeland Security needs to make disaster response plans that include all Americans, and while children have unique needs it’s unnecessary to consider them at length when planning.

Bob's Opinion
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04/24/2017
This is a mirror on the failure of government to write bills making sense. Any bill should take in all citizens young, old, and in between!
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operaman's Opinion
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04/24/2017
"would be required to provide a report to congressional committees with jurisdiction over homeland security on its efforts to incorporate the needs of children into the agency’s policies, programs, and activities." A REPORT! to a COMMITTEE. Sounds very effective, but will it be affective? I'm pretty sure if a child is found, that child would receive care just like every other effected person. I hear on the evening news that pets are also taken care of during national disasters, so I'm sure children may be placed on a lighter level.
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Tyler.Liberty's Opinion
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04/25/2017
How to be a sheep: "omg it says CHILDREN, clearly it's a yes, I don't even need to read the details"
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Title

Homeland Security for Children Act

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure that the needs of children are considered in homeland security planning, and for other purposes.

Summary

Homeland Security for Children Act (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act to include among the functions of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans to review and incorporate into DHS policy feedback from organizations representing the needs of children. (Sec. 3) The bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify and integrate the needs of children into activities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the risk of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, including by appointing a technical expert to coordinate such integration.

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  • Not enacted
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  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed April 25th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedMarch 6th, 2017

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    Seriously, they need to be told this?
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    This is a mirror on the failure of government to write bills making sense. Any bill should take in all citizens young, old, and in between!
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    Good God yes! Why is this even a question?
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    While the government should address the welfare of all individuals, there are people who generally have greater needs; and the government should take special precautions to ensure their welfare. This obviously includes children, but also should include the elderly, the disabled, and those who are ill.
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    No politician in their right mind would vote against a bill to help children. Then again, this is congress we're talking about...
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    Of course, but this sounds too much like a no-brainier. Yes children need more help, but this seems strange, why this would have been proposed as legislation. Also a bit vague. Saying more people need to be helped doesn't help more people.
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    While I believe that the overall response in a disaster should be focused on helping the most people quickly, anything that could be incorporated to lessen the trauma on children is worth looking into and implementing, where appropriate.
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    "would be required to provide a report to congressional committees with jurisdiction over homeland security on its efforts to incorporate the needs of children into the agency’s policies, programs, and activities." A REPORT! to a COMMITTEE. Sounds very effective, but will it be affective? I'm pretty sure if a child is found, that child would receive care just like every other effected person. I hear on the evening news that pets are also taken care of during national disasters, so I'm sure children may be placed on a lighter level.
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    How to be a sheep: "omg it says CHILDREN, clearly it's a yes, I don't even need to read the details"
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    Come on, this is a no brainer
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    Absolutely. If Donald Trump is willing to break international laws because of pictures of children overseas, he better protect our children here at home
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    Congressman, please just ignore this vote. This is the most pathetic pandering I believe I've ever seen. Is there some epidemic of DHS being caught off guard by children? This is the dumbest thing. Don't allow this precedent to be set or for the rest of time we'll be seeing bills to make sure they consider and have plans for the elderly and the teenagers and the short and those named Frank and those who are on the fence about getting a dog and on and on. Some bills solve problems. Then there are bills that are just solutions looking for problems. And then there's this type of bill: some Congressman looking for sympathetic air time. This guy is starting his 2018 campaign right here. That's the only thing this is about. And it is a waste of everyone's time. And so I ask my Congressman, please just stay in your office and find something better to do with your time. Show me what I desperately hope to be true - that your time, what I as a taxpayer am paying for, is more valuable than this drivel.
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    I am sure the children's parents and others will help take care of their children. Unless there is a unique situation where they become orphaned, or parents ask the government for help, such as needs for formula. Special needs consideration should be given to disabled children who need medical attention frequently, of course. But that in no way should mean children would ever be separated from their families. Everyone's life is important!
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    I VOTE NAY! Children's needs are the responsibility of their parents or other caregivers, EVEN IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER! People should plan ahead and prepare for disasters and educate their children on what to do, if those children are old enough to understand and comply. The Nanny State doesn't own our children; the federal government needs to quit acting like they do. Shame on Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11] for cosponsoring this bill!
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    Of course. The needs of children should always be taken into consideration as the highest priority. I realize to some it just seems a foregone conclusion that they would automatically be cared for, but if you listened to those coming out of Katrina you would not make such assumptions. The reason Homeland plans for disasters in the first place is to make sure when there is a crisis the government at all levels along with assisting agencies are prepared to work together to meet any situation. It's all about the preparation. Being prepared is the deal breaker between success and failure. Children have special and unique needs that differ from adults. They also have a different perspective and conceptualize and respond to stressful situations much differently than adults. Disaster situation are stressful and chaotic at best. If the needs of children are not specifically considered and planned for in advance they are far more likely to be missed or ignored when disaster strikes. And yes, planning means committees and reports. It absolutely has to be in the written plan of action. Otherwise you are just assuming everyone is on the same page and the right things will happen. (And you know what they say about when we assume.) Failing to plan for the needs of children is essentially guaranteeing the most vulnerable in our society will be placed at greater risk. What kind of jack wagon is going to vote for that? (Sure hope that's a rhetorical question.)
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    Children have different needs; without preparations during emergencies many children will suffer without basic necessities.
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    I did disaster planning for years in Alaska, one of the most challenging states for disaster planning. All of our plans included the safety and survival of every soul and considered critical aspects of all manner of disaster. This bill will do nothing more effective, but will add additional costs and oversight.
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    LEAVE IT TO A DEMOCRAT TO, submit a bill that requires foresight, a solid grasp of ethical behavior, a stable mind and depth of character to produce. IT IS TO BAD THAT REPUBLICANS ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS.
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    Of course the children's needs must be accounted for. Children can easily fall sick or die from things that adults find uncomfortable.
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    This is dumb. The government is supposed to plan for all of us. No need to specify any group. What's next, adding: children of special needs, adults of special needs, seniors, disabled vets, one legged people, no legged people....the list would be endless. As I said at first, the government is supposed to plan for everyone, no need to specify any group.
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