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house Bill H.R. 1404

Should Vladimir Putin’s Net Worth Be Investigated by the U.S. Gov’t?

Argument in favor

An accurate accounting of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s net worth, along with its sources, would go a long way towards fighting global corruption and improving U.S. national security through an improved understanding of how Putin uses money to stay in power.

Melissa's Opinion
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03/12/2019
Putin is reportedly worth $200 billion. That kind of wealth is literally capable of running the world. (Especially since no one is monitoring on how that money is spent.) He is buying and selling politicians and governments worldwide. Wreaking havoc every step of the way. For the sanctity of America, anything that can stem the damage -- and lead to uncovering him for the nemesis that he is (he has vowed to destroy the U.S. for decades) -- is worth the effort.
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Lionman's Opinion
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03/12/2019
Seems like this should be part of an Intelligence Dossier.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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03/12/2019
Knowing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s net worth, along with its sources, and expenditures would help in fighting global corruption and improving U.S. National Security , as well as, uncover Americans who either took payments or laundered money for Putin. That would lead to charges & hopefully jail for those treasonous people.
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Argument opposed

Singling Putin out will only antagonize the Kremlin, straining an already frosty U.S.-Russia relationship. It’d also be incredibly difficult — if not impossible — to get an accurate picture of Putin’s finances, given the layers of proxy owners and shell corporations to work through.

Victoria's Opinion
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03/12/2019
It's none of the USA's business! My God, are people really this stupid?
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Trent's Opinion
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03/12/2019
Why? Can we audit him? He was in the panama papers. I’m pretty sure he hides his money. We aren’t the worlds police. I thought this was actually a joke. We can’t get our own presidents tax returns but we want to audit the most powerful man in the world. Got it.
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Bernadine's Opinion
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03/12/2019
Absolutely not. We already have our noses in too many places.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
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  • The senate has not voted
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  • The house has not voted
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2019
    Start making legislation that actually concerns Americans. This is exactly why the Independent voters feel the left is out of touch
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    Investigate to find all the money laundering and corruption and criminal scams.
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    What business is it of ours? And, assuming we could accomplish this, what would we DO about it? This is a meaningless gesture that serves no purpose while antagonizing Russia and every OTHER world leader we might attempt this foolishness on *next*....
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    Not our business
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    None of our business as citizens or as a government in shaping public policy. This is a blatant political witch hunt.
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    This looks like a political partisan move to keep Russia in the news, hopefully embarrass the administration (as if that ever worked). Would prefer Congress to "move on" and focus on important issues such as the environment, economy, immigration, criminal justice reform, education, drug addiction, the national debt, health care .... something related to their jobs!
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    I’m not sure why taking the time to do this is necessary. Putin is a bad actor, but attempting to determine his net worth is not a matter for the U.S. government. Would we do this for any other wealthy corrupt world leader? I would love to know what the net worth of the Saudi prince is, but I’m sure we would never do that since Saudi Arabia is our ally despite the fact that they are corrupt and oppressive regime that violates human rights across the board. Putin’s net worth is a matter for Russia, not the United States.
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    Since Putin's government acts more as a kleptocracy than a government and is wielding power all over the globe and here specifically, it is wise to follow the money and get some sense of how the money is manipulating us and the world. It will make him furious but being manipulated into a decimated democracy requires different tactics. He does tend to respond better to being pushed back than to appeasement.
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    What in the constitution gives Congress the right to check into the finances of anyone let alone a world leader? Are we checking into the Islam countries like Syria or Iran or how about China’s leaders or Vietnam or how about France? Get off the Russian Conclusion
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    We know Putin is corrupt. It would make more sense to explore Trump's finances to determine which foreign interests have leverage over him.
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    He’s our biggest enemy!!
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    And why is this important to us?? We don’t need to meddle in Russia’s and Putin’s affairs!!
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    More investigations is my money down the drain.
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    I honestly just don't see the point. There are definitely more important things to focus on, and Putin's finances are not one of them.
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    Waste of time and resources. He is an enemy of America politically, militarily, and in terms of values.
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    For what?!?
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    We are not the world's police. Those in favor of this are pushing for the destabilization of the world.
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    Yes, absolutely investigate the Dictator who has been waging war on us for who knows how long.
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    Oh yeah! That’s where it’s at. I estimate north of $500 billion in stolen loot.
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    There is absolutely no reason to spend the money necessary to investigate his net worth. Period. This is just another example of wasteful government spending.
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