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house Bill H. Res. 1162

Should the House Condemn Russia’s Seizure of Ukrainian Ships & Crews?

Argument in favor

Passing this resolution, while non-binding, would demonstrate to Russia the nipartisan unity of the U.S. House of Representatives when it comes to Ukraine’s independence and security, hopefully discouraging future Russian provocations in the region.

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12/11/2018
Condemn and Sanctions should be in place NOW!!!
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Page's Opinion
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12/11/2018
Russia’s act of aggression must be condemned! This is a power grab reminiscent of Hitler in preWWII. We ignore this at our peril.
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Alan's Opinion
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12/11/2018
That’s an act of war, unless it was by non-state actors (Russian contractors in green suits with no markings), and then it is piracy.
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Argument opposed

If Congress really wants to do something to deter future Russian aggression against Ukraine, it should provide more security assistance to the Ukrainian military or impose heavier sanctions on Russia’s leaders, not pass non-binding “statement” resolutions.

Poli.Sci's Opinion
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12/11/2018
Ukraine is led by oligarchs who literally take the money collected for taxes and keep it in their own pockets. Warlords are hindering the progress of this country and using their private armies for private gain, and not just a simple money gain. If anything, this NATO partner should never be allowed into the alliance partnership; therefore, I will never support Ukraine so long as they continue to bankrupt their own country through stealing money from their people. President Putin sees this and is using rèal politics to take advantage of the situation, just as the United States does. So no, we cannot condemn Russia for seizing the Ukrainian boats when we do the very same thing.
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Eugene's Opinion
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12/11/2018
USA shouldn’t condom Russia for defending their borders
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Joseph's Opinion
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12/11/2018
Leave them alone this is not our country Stay out of it
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  • The house has not voted
    IntroducedNovember 29th, 2018

What is House Bill H. Res. 1162?

This resolution would condemn Russia for firing upon, ramming, and seizing Ukrainian vessels and crews attempting to pass through the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018 as violations of binding international norms and agreements. It’d call for Russia to immediately return the Ukrainian vessels and their crews, and stop its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by preventing Ukrainian vessels from transiting the Kerch Strait, as is its right under international norms and agreements. Further, the bill would reaffirm the U.S. commitment to provide Ukraine with political, economic, and security assistance to secure their independence, democracy, and prosperity in addition to calling upon the U.S. and its partners to hold Russia accountable.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

Impact

Russia; Ukraine; and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 1162

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced this resolution to condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Ukraine’s security and independence:

“President Putin has grown more brazen in his aggression toward Ukraine, and this latest attack on Ukrainian sovereignty must be met with condemnation and consequences. I’m glad to join with Chairman Royce in reaffirming the House’s rejection of Russian aggression, and I’ll continue working to make President Putin pay a price for his ongoing violations of international law.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) added:

“Russia’s firing on and seizure of Ukrainian ships is the latest in a string of provocative acts. Putin’s aggression is escalating. The United Staets, working with our international partners, must continue to stand against this dangerous and destabilizing behavior, which is why Ranking Member Engel and I introduced this resolution today. Putin must be held to account.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / pawel gaul)

Official Title

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to Ukraine, and for other purposes.

    Condemn and Sanctions should be in place NOW!!!
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    Ukraine is led by oligarchs who literally take the money collected for taxes and keep it in their own pockets. Warlords are hindering the progress of this country and using their private armies for private gain, and not just a simple money gain. If anything, this NATO partner should never be allowed into the alliance partnership; therefore, I will never support Ukraine so long as they continue to bankrupt their own country through stealing money from their people. President Putin sees this and is using rèal politics to take advantage of the situation, just as the United States does. So no, we cannot condemn Russia for seizing the Ukrainian boats when we do the very same thing.
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    Russia’s act of aggression must be condemned! This is a power grab reminiscent of Hitler in preWWII. We ignore this at our peril.
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    That’s an act of war, unless it was by non-state actors (Russian contractors in green suits with no markings), and then it is piracy.
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    PASS RUSSIAN SANCTIONS NOW..... NOT LATER Passing this resolution, while non-binding, would demonstrate to Russia the nipartisan unity of the U.S. House of Representatives when it comes to Ukraine’s independence and security, hopefully discouraging future Russian provocations in the region. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*11*18.....
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    Condemn Russian seizure of Ukrainian ships as well as their interference in our elections, democracy and independent journalism.
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    Of course aggression and what amounts to attack by Russia on Ukraine should be criticized!
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    With great power comes responsibility. Our mission is to promote peace throughout the world.
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    Putin will foreclose on Trump's loans.
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    That is an act of war.
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    Wouldn’t it be better if we could lead the world and call upon our allies to join us in an international condemnation of Russia’s aggression. Sadly, we don’t lead anymore, we have a diminished number of allies, and we don’t stand against Russia’s aggression.
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    USA shouldn’t condom Russia for defending their borders
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    It's their territory.
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    Of course! Where has my America gone that we even have to ask this question?
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    Leave them alone this is not our country Stay out of it
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    Why is this even a question? HELL YES
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    Putin has trump on a leash and if you don’t see it then you are blind.
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    If Congress really wants to do something to deter future Russian aggression against Ukraine, it should provide more security assistance to the Ukrainian military or impose heavier sanctions on Russia’s leaders, not pass non-binding “statement” resolutions.
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    Condemn and place sanctions on Russia not just because of Ukraine, but because of election interference too.
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    Of course we should do this. Plus we should impose more sanctions on Russia until they leave The Crimea, and withdraw their troops from Ukraine. This is s no brainer! I am tired of Trump pussyfooting around on the Russians. They are not friends with the US and Putin plays Trump like a violin.
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