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house Bill H.R. 1471

Should Congress Have to Approve Sales of Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia by U.S. Companies?

Argument in favor

Saudi Arabia’s nuclear ambitions are well-known and documented. Given this, it’s important to ensure that nuclear technology transferred by U.S. companies to the Kingdom isn’t used to build nuclear weapons. Congressional oversight of potential nuclear technology transfers to Saudi Arabia will help in this regard.

John's Opinion
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04/06/2019
I think congress should have to approve the sale of nuclear technology to anyone.
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Mancos's Opinion
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04/06/2019
How many condos did Trump and Kushner “sell” to the Saudi’s at inflated prices did it take to do this deal without Congressional approval? The corruption in this administration boggles the mind.
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JustJeeps's Opinion
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04/06/2019
Too much risk the Saudis will fail to guard it well enough and the proliferation of nuclear technologies will make the Middle East far worse.
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Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry has already stated that its nuclear program is only pursuing civil uses. While Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has stated that the country would pursue nuclear weapons if Iran were to acquire them, that hasn’t come to pass — so there’s no immediate risk that Saudi Arabia will seek nuclear weapons.

Gopin2018's Opinion
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04/06/2019
Sales such as these are approved or not by the State Department. Although I’m against selling what could be used for nuclear weapons and in the Middle East is a extremely dangerous thing. #MAGA
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Valerie 's Opinion
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04/06/2019
Absolutely NOT! They savagely executed Jamal Khashoggi in cold blood. We should be holding them accountable on the highest level. Not rewarding their barbaric inhumane behavior by selling them the means to annihilate us.
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David's Opinion
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04/06/2019
This is the stupidest question I've seen so far on this app. The Armed Services committee is already required to approve all weapons and related technology transfers to foreign countries. Saudi would most likely buy it from Russia anyway not the US.
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      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 28th, 2019
    I think congress should have to approve the sale of nuclear technology to anyone.
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    Sales such as these are approved or not by the State Department. Although I’m against selling what could be used for nuclear weapons and in the Middle East is a extremely dangerous thing. #MAGA
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    How many condos did Trump and Kushner “sell” to the Saudi’s at inflated prices did it take to do this deal without Congressional approval? The corruption in this administration boggles the mind.
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    Too much risk the Saudis will fail to guard it well enough and the proliferation of nuclear technologies will make the Middle East far worse.
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    Maybe anything that could compromise national security in any way by any actor should be scrutinized by congress, yes?
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    Yes and Congress should immediately reject any request! The United States should not be selling nuclear technology to one of the most oppressive states on the planet and a major destabilizing force in the Middle East. Also, Congress should always have to approve the sale of nuclear technology to any nation.
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    Why just nuclear weapons and why just to Saudi Arabia? Congress should have to approve all arms sales, conventional and nuclear, to any country. Checks and balances, and transparency.
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    I agree with John’s comment that “I think congress should have to approve the sale of nuclear technology to anyone”.
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    Congress should have to approve the sale of nuclear technologies to anyone but especially Saudi Arabia. Congress should be involved when selling anything to Saudi Arabia including Fruit Loops.
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    We should with Trump and afford him as little authority to do anything as possible. Sadly everything he touches is suspect.
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    We shouldn’t be selling our military and weapons technologies to ANYONE, period!
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    Oh c’mon. The SA state is not a good ally. Keep your enemies close I guess. Either way, we shouldn’t be selling nuclear technology to terrorist funding states.
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    👍🏻House Bill H.R. 1471 AKA the “Saudi Nuclear Nonproliferation Act”👍🏻 I’m in support of and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R. 1471 AKA the “Saudi Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 2019” which would require affirmative congressional approval of any potential formal nuclear trade deal with Saudi Arabia, as outlined under Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act. This bill would also clarify that Congress believes that no Section 123 agreement with Saudi Arabia should be approved until: 1) the Kingdom commits to forego any uranium enrichment of spent fuel reprocessing activities within its territory; 2) the Kingdom agrees to implement the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Additional Protocol. We should NOT combine “NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION” and the death of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as they are two separate and distinct, issues. Saudi Arabia’s nuclear ambitions are well-known and documented. Given this, it’s important to ensure that nuclear technology transferred by U.S. companies to the Kingdom isn’t used to build nuclear weapons. Congressional oversight of potential nuclear technology transfers to Saudi Arabia will help in this regard. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻NUC Control👍🏻. 4*5*19...........
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    We ELECT our lawmakers to make decisions about policy, war, and laws. Selling nuclear technology which can be used against us or start a nuclear conflagration should not be the decision of UNELECTED people or of the president.
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    Selling nuclear weapon technology to anyone is anti-nonproliferation.
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    Congress should always have to approve the sale of any nuclear technology to any country.
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    Absolutely NOT! They savagely executed Jamal Khashoggi in cold blood. We should be holding them accountable on the highest level. Not rewarding their barbaric inhumane behavior by selling them the means to annihilate us.
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    When it comes to nuclear technology, there needs to be more oversight and no need to increase the number of countries with that technology.
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    Absolutely. Congress must have to approve sales of nuclear ideas, tech, materials, methods, equipment, etc to Saudis. Absolutely congress must be in charge of this. Now! Make it so.
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    Nuclear weapons will help no one ever. We can’t even dispose of the unused ones safely. It remains to poison us long past its threat or solution
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