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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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bill Progress


  • 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 Financial Services
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedMarch 22nd, 2017

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    Yes, until he stops the brutality.
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    The Syrian conflict is so complicated for someone to understand it, you have to go back to the Bush administration and look at Iraq. American shouldn't be getting any more involved than we already are in Syrian, because (although so close) this conflict will be Iraq all over again. We have people in this country making decisions for another country when we as a nation lack so much knowledge of the Middle East and Muslims as a whole. No more sanctions. We need to work together as nations fighting radicals not Syrians or muslims.
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    I believe we should sanction those who support Assad. I don't believe we need to be involved with everything that happens in the world but this is a human tragedy and the entire world needs to be involved!
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    Instead of sanctioning Assad and supporters, use those funds to remove our disruptions in that country and remove CIA activities toward that government.
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    This is a hesitant yes, coming from a Syria researcher. While I support sanctions against those supporting the regime's human rights violations, I am concerned by the president and secretary of state's being able to unilaterally grant exceptions. Furthermore, the condition that no fly zones/safe zones be considered is deeply concerning, as these options would likely only escalate the international dimensions of this conflict.
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    It's hard to believe Congress is spending time on an issue like this❗️Any nation that is supporting this genocidal maniac should be receiving the maximum sanction that can be imposed and always should have❗️
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    There is no direct US interest in this civil war. We should not be choosing sides as both have done terrible things to the civilian population. There is a lot of misinformation coming from both sides and the government and mainstream media. Best we keep our fingers out.
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    I've had enough of putting ourselves everybody else we need to come first cuz we can't help anyone else if we don't help ourselves
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    Imagine this. Your child is malnourished. They're sick. You work every day to save the few dollars you have to provide them with their next meal, their next dose of medicine. You go to the grocery store, and their shelves are empty. You go to the pharmacy, their shelves are empty. You've worked, you've saved, and you've told them they'll be okay, but the shelves are still empty. You ask your neighbors for help, but they're doing bad, even worse. You don't understand where all of the food has gone, where all of the medicine has gone. It's late at night, your child is finally asleep, and the news is on. "The European Union has placed sanctions on America, halting trade, in hopes that the people will rise against their reckless and irresponsible president". Now you know why your can't feed your child, why you are lying to them when you say that it will be okay.
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    Sanctions are an act of war. I'm not a bloodthirsty war hawk trying to pick fights with nuclear powers, so no.
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    Sanctions tend to increase support for a ruler and bind together groups against what they perceive as a hostile outside force. This makes them ineffective at best.
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    Justice for ALL
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    As a Syrian refugee, I know first hand that sanctions on Syria and its allies only affect the already struggling people. Go after Assad, not an entire country of people.
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    A sad has flubbed his nose at the US and the rest of the world
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    We need to stop arming the insurgents. This is a regime change war we are spearheading for oil and banking rights.
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    If all of the yeas have an R next to their names that should tell you it's a stupid yea.
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    Sanctions will not work against the ideology of the supporters of the Assad regime in Syria. They will continue until their goals are met. You can look at Iran, sanctions did not work and even after promising to stop certain activities if sanctions were lift really did not work.
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    We need to help protect the people against this tyrant
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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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    Innocent children & people are suffering. We should help them.
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