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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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StartingOut's Opinion
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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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      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed May 17th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedMarch 22nd, 2017

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Title

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.

Summary

Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017 This bill declares that it is U.S. policy to use all diplomatic and economic means to compel the government of Bashar al Assad to halt the slaughter of the Syrian people and work toward a democratic government. The President shall prohibit, or impose conditions on, the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or payable-through account by any domestic financial institution or domestic financial agency for or on behalf of the Central Bank of Syria that is of primary money laundering concern. The bill directs the President to impose specified entry and U.S.-based property sanctions against a foreign person that knowingly: (1) provided significant financial or material support to Syria, the Central Bank of Syria, or to a foreign person subject to specified sanctions; (2) supported Syria's domestic production of natural gas or petroleum; (3) sold or provided civilian aircraft or spare parts or other significant goods or services to a foreign person operating in Syria's shipping, transportation, or telecommunications sectors; or (4) financed money laundering activities. The President shall impose specified entry and U.S.-based property sanctions against a foreign person that has knowingly provided support to Syria to acquire or develop ballistic missiles, chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, or advanced conventional weapons. The Syria Human Rights Accountability Act of 2012 is amended to direct the President to impose entry and U.S.-based property sanctions against persons responsible for: (1) committing serious human rights abuses against Syrian citizens or their family members, or (2) transferring to Syria certain military items or goods or technologies that may be used to commit human rights abuses. The President shall submit and update a list of, and impose entry and U.S.-based property sanctions against, persons responsible for hindering access to humanitarian relief activities in Syria. The President shall report with respect to whether each of specified Syrian persons, including Bashar al Assad, meets the requirements for inclusion on the list of persons who are responsible for certain human rights abuses against Syrian citizens. The President may: (1) provide assistance to advance a comprehensive relief and recovery strategy in Syria, and (2) suspend sanctions against Syria under specified conditions.
    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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