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house Bill H.R. 669

Does the President Need to be Blocked From Launching a Nuclear First Strike Unless Congress Declares War?

Argument in favor

A U.S. president shouldn’t conduct a nuclear first strike unless an adversary has already attacked America or its allies with nuclear weapons or Congress has given the president that authority. That power in the wrong hands could lead to nuclear armageddon.

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03/03/2017
The responsibility of nukes shouldn't fall to one person - not even the president.
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Tafinzer's Opinion
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02/08/2017
This isn't about Trump! No one person can make this decision on their own . Shocking that this is not already part of the presidential authority! Of course one man cannot decide the fate of the world!
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Ryan's Opinion
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03/03/2017
This is an important example of checks and balances in action.
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Argument opposed

To deny the president even the possibility of launching a unilateral nuclear first strike give our enemies leverage. There could be scenarios where there’s only a brief window to launch a preemptive strike before an adversary can attack America or its allies.

Woogle's Opinion
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03/03/2017
I cannot stand Trump and I do not believe he has the proper temperament for this responsibility. I also do not believe that the power should go to the whole Congress. I think the power should fall to a special dedicated bipartisan team appointed by Congress or non-political military officials. I would like to see a special team because that would make the process of what I would consider a time sensitive matter more efficient than the whole of Congress.
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Jake's Opinion
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02/08/2017
I have to disagree. If a nuke is launched against us and we have to sit and debate on to retaliate or not, we might as well just let them nuke us. I understand the fear of someone getting this power and abusing it. However passing this will just give the enemies leverage. The president is commander in chief. This authority is under his jurisdiction as the constitution dictates.
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Colin's Opinion
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03/03/2017
I agree that there should be something before he can fire a nuke, but waiting to declare war is stupid, it takes too long!
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      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017
    The responsibility of nukes shouldn't fall to one person - not even the president.
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    I cannot stand Trump and I do not believe he has the proper temperament for this responsibility. I also do not believe that the power should go to the whole Congress. I think the power should fall to a special dedicated bipartisan team appointed by Congress or non-political military officials. I would like to see a special team because that would make the process of what I would consider a time sensitive matter more efficient than the whole of Congress.
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    This isn't about Trump! No one person can make this decision on their own . Shocking that this is not already part of the presidential authority! Of course one man cannot decide the fate of the world!
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    This is an important example of checks and balances in action.
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    Are you joking? Do you know who our president is? A big AYE on this one.
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    Nuclear weapons should not ever be used, much less without Congress declaring war. There are checks and balances, that's how our government works. We can not bypass the process of democracy for short sighted destruction.
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    No commentary necessary.
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    This seems like a no brainer...
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    Our president is not sane.
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    Yes, a million times, YES. The fate of the world should not rest in the hands of one person. I am shocked that this is not already required.
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    I have to disagree. If a nuke is launched against us and we have to sit and debate on to retaliate or not, we might as well just let them nuke us. I understand the fear of someone getting this power and abusing it. However passing this will just give the enemies leverage. The president is commander in chief. This authority is under his jurisdiction as the constitution dictates.
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    A nuclear first strike should never be one man's decision. Especially not THIS man!
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    I agree that there should be something before he can fire a nuke, but waiting to declare war is stupid, it takes too long!
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    This guy is crazy. We can't trust him. Democracy is at risk with him at the helm. He has a lack of knowledge about foreign affairs and poor impulse control. We need as many measures as possible to keep America safe... And it is not safe as long as he is in position.
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    Giving one person such a power is unreasonable and dangerous. In a perfect world we would be able to still launch a preemptive strike, but not by giving one everything they need to start an unecessary war.
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    Nuclear should never be the first option and should never be a single point decision.
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    Donald Trump's frightening rhetoric and obvious ignorance regarding the use of nuclear weaponry puts all of the earth's inhabitants in danger. The man is unstable and not fit to have this enormous responsibility. Please support this bill and vote yes to protect us all.
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    No one man should be allowed to possibly launch the world into nuclear war. Decisions like that need to be deliberated on vigorously and to determine if it's in the best interest of our nation. Requiring congress, that's the only logical option here.
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    Let's all remember we're dealing with a child here.
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    He can't be trusted with his twitter account let alone with nuclear launch codes.
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