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house Bill H.R. 1493

Should There be Import Restrictions on Stolen Artifacts (from Syria)?

Argument in favor

The people who would import this property are doing so for selfish reasons. Cultural property has the most significance to the people whose culture created it, and they should be able to keep it.

Tanisha's Opinion
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05/25/2015
We would all but die to keep the Statue of Liberty if god forbid some foreign leader tried to come take it for "safe keeping". What would we do if foreigners tried to take our most prized statues and artifacts from DC. Let them keep their own artifacts.
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HTRitchie's Opinion
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05/25/2015
We cannot be the ultimate protector but we should be an influencer.
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Roland s's Opinion
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05/26/2015
As artifacts of civilization they do need as much protection as possible. Stopping ISIL, ISIS, would seem a logical step.
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Argument opposed

When an area is thrown into upheaval and instability because of war, it can lead to the destruction of cultural property. It’d be better for future generations that it is sold or transferred overseas than no longer exist.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/25/2015
More government positions, more useless committees, more wasted spending on foreign countries. No thanks.
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D's Opinion
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05/26/2015
I feel United Nations is the right host for legalized cultural protectorates, thus involving multiple nations, not just US. This encourages other nations to engage and the US is NOT left to police the world.
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Edward's Opinion
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05/26/2015
It's not our concern and we should not spend money on it.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedMay 9th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed April 13th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed June 2nd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Trade
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMarch 19th, 2015

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