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house Bill H.R. 1677

Do Sanctions on Assad’s Supporters Need to be Increased?

Argument in favor

America needs to take a leadership role in ending the conflict in Syria peacefully. By giving Assad’s supporters a choice between increased sanctions or peace negotiations this will save the lives of innocent Syrians and allow war criminals to be brought to justice.

Cynthia 's Opinion
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05/16/2017
Most Definitely but with our President I doubt it because he will do anything Putin Tells him. We are in crucially DANGEROUS SITUATION for our Military and national security.
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Loraki's Opinion
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05/16/2017
H.R.1677 - Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017 Official Title as Introduced: To halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, encourage a negotiated political settlement, and hold Syrian human rights abusers accountable for their crimes. Text of bill: https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr1677/BILLS-115hr1677rh.pdf GOP Cosponsors: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]* Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16]* Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2]* Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]* Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5]* Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-1] Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2] Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2] Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] Rep. Diaz-Balart, Mario [R-FL-25] Rep. Hurd, Will [R-TX-23] Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] Rep. Issa, Darrell E. [R-CA-49] Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3] Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27] Rep. Russell, Steve [R-OK-5] Rep. Rooney, Francis [R-FL-19] Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2] Rep. Gallagher, Mike [R-WI-8] Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11] Rep. Mast, Brian J. [R-FL-18] Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6] Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] Rep. Hollingsworth, Trey [R-IN-9] Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1] This should be a no-brainer. We should sanction most of the Middle East, IMO, because their religion promotes all forms of jihad, and the goal of that jihad is to convert, conquer, or destroy anyone who doesn't accept their beliefs. The people themselves are LOVELY people; they EXCEL in HOSPITALITY! And I love their language, music, and their cuisine! But their pernicious Islamic ideology, if not kept in check, will be the death of Western civilization!
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Carol's Opinion
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05/16/2017
The war atrocities going on in Syria are beyond horrific. The International community should NOT be putting up with this.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. shouldn’t be further involving itself in the Syrian conflict by sanctioning supporters of the Assad regime. Besides, there’s no guarantee that this bill would actually do anything to stop the regime and its Russian supporters from committing more war crimes.

Nicholas's Opinion
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05/16/2017
We should not be putting any sort of sanctions on Syria or any foreign nation. The only country that we have the right to regulate is the USA. Let's get out of the business of regulating other countries and worry about our own country first.
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05/15/2017
Just get us out of Syria completely. We have much more pressing domestic issues that should have higher priority placed on them, such as the dismantling of the extremist groups that have begun to plague the nation, making crises worse by throwing riots over them and damaging the effected communities even more.
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Johnny's Opinion
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05/16/2017
This has #IRAQ2.0 written all over it. Have we not learned our lesson?
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed May 17th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedMarch 22nd, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 1677?

This bill would impose new sanctions on supporters of the Assad regime in Syria, encourage negotiations to end the crisis, and begin investigations that will eventually lead to the prosecution of war criminals.

It would impose new sanctions on anyone who:

  • Does business with or provides financing to the Syrian government, its intelligence or security services, or the Central Bank of Syria;

  • Provides aircraft or spare parts (or financing for either) to Syria’s airlines;

  • Does business with transportation or telecommunications businesses controlled by the Syrian government;

  • Supports Syria’s energy industry.

The president would be able to waive sanctions on a case-by-case basis. Sanctions could also be suspended if the parties to the conflict engage in meaningful negotiations and the violence against civilians has ceased. The suspension would be renewable if it is critical to the continuation of negotiations and attacks against civilians have ceased.

The Secretary of State would be authorized to support entities that are collecting and preserving evidence for the eventual prosecution of those who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria. The president would be required to give Congress a report with the names of those who are responsible for or are complicit with violating the human rights of the Syrian people.

The bill would also require the president to submit a report on the potential effectiveness, risks, and operational requirements of establishing and maintaining a no-fly zone or safe zone over part or all of Syria.

Impact

Syrian civilians; supporters of the Assad regime and those who will be investigated for war crimes; parties to potential peace negotiations; Congress; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1677

$3.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $3 million over the 2018-2022 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced this bill to hold the Assad regime accountable for its crimes and encourage negotiations to end the conflict which has killed nearly 89,000 civilians:

“After six years of brutality, we have to jolt this bloody crisis out of its status quo. The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act would impose new sanctions on any anyone who does business with the Assad regime—going after the money, airplanes, spare parts, oil, military supply chain, and Assad’s enablers that drive this horrific war machine.”

The bill is known as the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act in honor of a former Syrian military photographer who defected after documenting Assad’s crimes.

This legislation was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote, and has the support of 108 bipartisan cosponsors in the House — including 57 Democrats and 51 Republicans. During the last session of Congress, the House passed this bill on a voice vote but it wasn't considered by the Senate before the 114th Congress concluded.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Bertilvidet / Creative Commons)

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Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017

Official Title

To halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, encourage a negotiated political settlement, and hold Syrian human rights abusers accountable for their crimes.

    Most Definitely but with our President I doubt it because he will do anything Putin Tells him. We are in crucially DANGEROUS SITUATION for our Military and national security.
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    We should not be putting any sort of sanctions on Syria or any foreign nation. The only country that we have the right to regulate is the USA. Let's get out of the business of regulating other countries and worry about our own country first.
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    H.R.1677 - Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017 Official Title as Introduced: To halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, encourage a negotiated political settlement, and hold Syrian human rights abusers accountable for their crimes. Text of bill: https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr1677/BILLS-115hr1677rh.pdf GOP Cosponsors: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]* Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16]* Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2]* Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6]* Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5]* Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-1] Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2] Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2] Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] Rep. Diaz-Balart, Mario [R-FL-25] Rep. Hurd, Will [R-TX-23] Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] Rep. Issa, Darrell E. [R-CA-49] Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3] Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27] Rep. Russell, Steve [R-OK-5] Rep. Rooney, Francis [R-FL-19] Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2] Rep. Gallagher, Mike [R-WI-8] Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11] Rep. Mast, Brian J. [R-FL-18] Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6] Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] Rep. Hollingsworth, Trey [R-IN-9] Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1] This should be a no-brainer. We should sanction most of the Middle East, IMO, because their religion promotes all forms of jihad, and the goal of that jihad is to convert, conquer, or destroy anyone who doesn't accept their beliefs. The people themselves are LOVELY people; they EXCEL in HOSPITALITY! And I love their language, music, and their cuisine! But their pernicious Islamic ideology, if not kept in check, will be the death of Western civilization!
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    Just get us out of Syria completely. We have much more pressing domestic issues that should have higher priority placed on them, such as the dismantling of the extremist groups that have begun to plague the nation, making crises worse by throwing riots over them and damaging the effected communities even more.
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    The war atrocities going on in Syria are beyond horrific. The International community should NOT be putting up with this.
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    This has #IRAQ2.0 written all over it. Have we not learned our lesson?
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    We need to do something more to help the people suffering in Syria. We should try everything we can.
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    We should do everything we can to stop the inhuman acts that are happening in Syria.
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    This civil war has been going on for 7 years now. Let's not forget how it all began...with Assad firing on his own people because they were protesting his families long, authoritarian rule over Syria. We need to keep sticking the fight to Assad, and not let him to continue to murder his way to legitimacy.
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    More sanctions on Syria and Russia.
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    We need to take a strong stand against the Assad regime. He has decimated the Syrian nation and it's people. What a sad end to an ancient land and people! We must always consider Putin's support of this regime as part of a system of war crimes. Their support of Assad is not in the interests of the Syrian people or any of the nations around Syria.
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    Sanctions don't hurt the people causing the problems. They tend to hurt others far more.
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    This should include Russia
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    No. It's bad to do that economically. If we do that and our allies who are trading follow suit, we will only make more enemies. Leave Syria to it's lonesome or depose him. This is an all or nothing deal here.
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    Please support sanctions against Assad and his supporters as a peaceful option in condemning Assad's regime and its crimes. The war has gone on too long, and increasing military efforts will do nothing to alleviate the destruction, only escalate it.
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    Sanctions are good, more troops is bad
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    More sanctions needed on Syria and Russia.
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    Any government that kills its own people doesn't deserve the business of the United States government and its citizens. Fund the rebels fighting to topple Assad's regime.
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    The citizens are the ones who suffer. We need to get the Saudis to finally do something.
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    We have recently been informed that Bashir al Assad has created concentration camps where defectors to his rule are rounded up and incinerated. When the leader of a country intends to quell dissent by purging millions of the innocent through death camps, that's when we should realize this is no ordinary dictator, this is a madman.
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