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house Bill H.R. 1706

Prohibiting U.S. Aid From Rebuilding Parts of Syria Controlled by Assad

Argument in favor

Until Assad respects the human rights of the Syrian people, no U.S. assistance should go to rebuilding areas of the country controlled by his regime.

jimK's Opinion
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10/13/2019
Why would we want to help fund a foreign adversary supported, mass-murdering and genocidal leader rebuild infrastructure in regions that he still controls? It only frees up resources to be used for re-taking regions he has lost. My first reaction to this question was to say no due to humanitarian concerns. The legislation spells out meaningful exceptions that allow humanitarian support. I still wish that we could do these kind of common-sense things without legislation; like the good of’ days- when a note from a Congressional subcommittee or oversight board would most often be sufficient. Congress could spend more time dealing with legislative issues at a broader, higher-level and more strategic basis. ... ... ... Maybe we should ban congressional use of word processors and make them go back to carbon-copy typewritten legislation; the kind that has to be carefully and concisely worded, well deliberated and carefully thought through for long term consequences.
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10/13/2019
Why impeach: Just released 10,000 Isis fighters into the world when he betrayed the Kurds. Our allies who have fought against Isis right beside our troops for years. They are being slaughtered right now. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. Refusing to comply with the law. Using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. Acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. Blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. Has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. Invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. Has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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Dennison 's Opinion
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10/13/2019
Do not support dictators! America cannot support those who abuse human rights abroad or at home!
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Argument opposed

The U.S. shouldn’t restrict its reconstruction assistance from going to parts of Syria controlled by the Assad regime, as that’s a significant portion of Syria.

B.R.'s Opinion
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10/13/2019
As long as the Assad regime is in control, the demands of this bill are not going to happen. Besides, they can get reconstruction assistance from Russia, Iran, and probably China without making any human right changes.
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Ronald's Opinion
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10/13/2019
No action on anything, until Congress has healed itself from their impeachment mdness.
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Robert j.'s Opinion
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10/13/2019
Lost cause. After Mr Trump’s error most of Syria will be abandoned.
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    Why would we want to help fund a foreign adversary supported, mass-murdering and genocidal leader rebuild infrastructure in regions that he still controls? It only frees up resources to be used for re-taking regions he has lost. My first reaction to this question was to say no due to humanitarian concerns. The legislation spells out meaningful exceptions that allow humanitarian support. I still wish that we could do these kind of common-sense things without legislation; like the good of’ days- when a note from a Congressional subcommittee or oversight board would most often be sufficient. Congress could spend more time dealing with legislative issues at a broader, higher-level and more strategic basis. ... ... ... Maybe we should ban congressional use of word processors and make them go back to carbon-copy typewritten legislation; the kind that has to be carefully and concisely worded, well deliberated and carefully thought through for long term consequences.
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    As long as the Assad regime is in control, the demands of this bill are not going to happen. Besides, they can get reconstruction assistance from Russia, Iran, and probably China without making any human right changes.
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    Why impeach: Just released 10,000 Isis fighters into the world when he betrayed the Kurds. Our allies who have fought against Isis right beside our troops for years. They are being slaughtered right now. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. Refusing to comply with the law. Using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. Acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. Blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. Has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. Invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. Has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Do not support dictators! America cannot support those who abuse human rights abroad or at home!
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    We should only rebuild and sablilze area controlled by the Kurds at this time. Having a strong ally in the region should be a goal. The Kurd have been loyal and effective in the fight against ISIS. Assad only wants to wipe out the enemies of his regained. Some of these rebels hate the Kurds and Christians. We cannot help Assad by our actions. We should introduce and back the Kurds, when negotiating with other Arab nations, and our other allies. You would think that the world knows that, we don’t support, murders, and despots
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    America must restore its standing as a beacon for human rights.
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    Sadly this is probably necessary. Please congress-don’t help Assad. It’s likely necessary to pass this bill because trump will help Assad and Putin and Erdogan. Ruthless cruel murdering dictator thugs stick together. That’s the company trump keeps. Mobsters and thugs.
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    Why is this even a proposal? Assad is a dictator, who terrorizes his people. He destroyed he nation and killed many of his people. Even now will not come to the aid of the Syrian Kurds who are being attacked by by Turkey
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    Aid will never get to the people who need it, it will go to to warlords, or whoever the leadership is controling the area at this moment.
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    Well said Beth. Putin and Assad now control northern Syria and are coming to the aid of the Kurds. Putin bought Trump, the GOP, and the election in 2016. CHECKMATE PUTIN!
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    Why is this even being considered? We should never prop up dictators, especially those who commit genocide!
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    Assad needs to respect the human rights of the Syrian population. This is one way to make him do that.
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    No aid to a murdering leader. Trump is now just like him. He left our friends the Kurds to be murdered. Same thing!!!
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    No action on anything, until Congress has healed itself from their impeachment mdness.
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    NO, for the same reason that we should condemn the American abandonment of the Kurds. We do not support Dictators. Politically or financially
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    I like what Hindsight2020 said. Dear Mr. Hindsight. I copied what you wrote. I hope you don’t mind. It is full of goodies about Trump. Doozeys i’d say. But Trump is evil, and when someone shares this truth, it should be a loud blasting, so the world can hear. My answer is YES OF COURSE TRUMP NEEDS TO BE WATCHED LIKE A HAWK, AND HIS EVIL DEEDS PRONOUNCED FROM THE ROOFTOPS!
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    Lets rebuild America instead!
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    No money to Assad! He’s a murderer
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    Yes. I don’t support using our tax dollars to help Assad.
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    We should not do anything that helps this murderer.
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