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house Bill H. Res. 122

Should the U.S. Help Ukraine Qualify For Membership in the European Union?

Argument in favor

A strong E.U. and an independent Ukraine are good for the United States. We should help Ukraine meet its reform goals and become eligible for membership.

Christopher's Opinion
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06/29/2016
Ukraine revolted against Pres. Yanukovych because the people wanted to join the EU, but not him. And now they are suffering through a frozen conflict that was initiated by Russia to keep them out of the EU. The U.S. should do everything it can to help the people of Ukraine realize their original dream of being a part of the European Union.
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Will's Opinion
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07/07/2016
We need a more politically stable Ukraine
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BananaNeil's Opinion
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06/29/2016
As a super power, I feel that we are obligated to involve our selves in all things possible. Would SuperMan just stand by while Ukraine was too incompetent to... Join the EU? Of course not! Let's be more like SuperMan!
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Argument opposed

The United States should stay out of European affairs. We have plenty of needs at home that are more important than financing Ukrainian reforms.

BTSundra's Opinion
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06/28/2016
The U.S. should not be endorsing anything about the EU.
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operaman's Opinion
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06/28/2016
No. Ukraine is responsible for it's own membership.
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Loraki's Opinion
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06/28/2016
Time to tell the globalists whose goal is one world government (their infamous NWO) to take a hike! Hit the road, Jack, and don'tcha come back no more! The European Union is a FAILURE! Too dadgummed many bureaucrats and regulations! And PEOPLE LIKE HAVING THEIR OWN NATIONAL IDENTITY AND SOVEREIGNTY! Obama, Obama, don'tcha treat us so mean! We don't SHARE your affinity for letting the United Nations dictate how we should live, what we should eat, and when we can blow our nose! I CERTAINLY don't think we'd be doing the Ukraine any favors by helping them become part of the EU! There's a new feeling in the air tonight! PEOPLE WANT TO TAKE BACK THEIR COUNTRY FROM THE SOCIALISTS WHO'VE BEEN DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO RULE THE WHOLE WORLD! BREXIT IS A GOOD START, AND I'M PRAYING THAT AMERICA IS NEXT!!!
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      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 24th, 2015

What is House Bill H. Res. 122?

This resolution calls for the United States to provide assistance to Ukraine, in order to to help the nation meet the economic, social, and government reform requirements for membership in the European Union (E.U.).

The E.U. is a political and economic union of 28 countries, mostly located in Europe. It was created after World War II, in an effort to facilitate international relations and avoid future wars.

Ukraine is not a member, and its citizens are divided on whether to join. Some support membership for the potential economic boost and political stability, while others would rather see their country strengthen its ties with Russia. 

Before it can qualify for membership, the European Union would require Ukraine to make sweeping economic and political reforms, including ending corruption and expensive subsidies in its gas industry.

This resolution calls the United States to provide assistance as Ukraine attempts to become eligible for E.U. membership.

The resolution states that the United States is already authorized to provide financial support, citing the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. This Act, which was signed in December 2014, authorizes the U.S. to help Ukraine in "restoring its sovereignty and territorial integrity," in an effort to deter Russia from invading Ukraine and other countries in the region.

Specifically, this resolution calls President Obama and Congress to provide Ukraine with both financial and defensive military aid. It also encourages Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to continue fighting corruption and “creating an inclusive and tolerant society for all of Ukraine's citizens.”

The resolution further expresses solidarity with the Ukrainian people and encourages the European Union to accept Ukraine as a member when it achieves the required eligibility reforms.

Impact

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the rest of the Ukrainian government; the European Commission; citizens of Ukraine, the governments and citizens of E.U. member states and Russia

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 122

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: A country wishing to join the European Union must first satisfy all conditions for membership, such as maintaining a free-market economy, achieving stable democracy, and adopting required EU legislation. Only then may the country submit a membership application to the European Council. If the Council deems the country eligible, a series of negotiations are completed and enacted before the country can become an official member of the E.U.

Benefits of joining the E.U. include becoming part of a single market with the largest economy in the world. European Union members trade with one another without tariffs, which increases trade activity and lowers costs. The E.U. has much greater political influence than any of the individual countries would have alone. And some Ukrainians want to join the E.U. to send a message of national independence, democracy, and separation from Russia, which annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in 2014.

In November 2013, Ukrainian supporters of joining the E.U. demanded closer European relationships in a wave of protests called Euromaidan. In the Parliamentary election one year later, pro-E.U. parties came away with the most votes, and in 2015, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko released a plan for the country to become eligible for membership by 2020.

Despite significant national interest in joining, many Ukrainians wish to remain independent of the EU and instead align more closely with Russia. The two countries share long-running historic, economic, cultural, familial, and language ties.

The European Union is also divided on the issue of Ukrainian membership. Germany, France, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands are all opposed, while Britain, Sweden, Poland and the Baltic states have expressed support.

In March 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that Ukraine will not be ready to join the E.U. in the next 20-25 years.


Of Note: The world’s eyes turned to the European Union in June 2016, when the United Kingdom voted in a national referendum to leave the E.U. No nation state had ever before left the European Union.

Widely referred to as "Brexit," the decision has led to the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron, decreased the value of the dollar and the pound, and created confusion as the U.K. waits to negotiate an exit.


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Providing assistance to Ukraine for fulfillment of the economic, social, and government reform requirements necessary for membership eligibility to the European Union, in keeping with the will of a majority of the people of Ukraine and their Government.

    Ukraine revolted against Pres. Yanukovych because the people wanted to join the EU, but not him. And now they are suffering through a frozen conflict that was initiated by Russia to keep them out of the EU. The U.S. should do everything it can to help the people of Ukraine realize their original dream of being a part of the European Union.
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    The U.S. should not be endorsing anything about the EU.
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    No. Ukraine is responsible for it's own membership.
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    Time to tell the globalists whose goal is one world government (their infamous NWO) to take a hike! Hit the road, Jack, and don'tcha come back no more! The European Union is a FAILURE! Too dadgummed many bureaucrats and regulations! And PEOPLE LIKE HAVING THEIR OWN NATIONAL IDENTITY AND SOVEREIGNTY! Obama, Obama, don'tcha treat us so mean! We don't SHARE your affinity for letting the United Nations dictate how we should live, what we should eat, and when we can blow our nose! I CERTAINLY don't think we'd be doing the Ukraine any favors by helping them become part of the EU! There's a new feeling in the air tonight! PEOPLE WANT TO TAKE BACK THEIR COUNTRY FROM THE SOCIALISTS WHO'VE BEEN DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO RULE THE WHOLE WORLD! BREXIT IS A GOOD START, AND I'M PRAYING THAT AMERICA IS NEXT!!!
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    No, trust me. They're better off on their own. Not to mention why do we care if they are in the EU, let's just help them not get wrecked by Russia
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    I think the European union is a corrupt system that is centralizing power for itself so that the sovereignty of nations is a thing of the past
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    This is, frankly, none of our business.
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    Memo to US: Stop intervening in the affairs of other nations.
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    We need a more politically stable Ukraine
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    We can promote free trade with Ukraine, we can sell arms to help defend against Russia, but we cannot be funding their economy just to hope they'll somehow get the stilts for EU membership. At that point we might as well be throwing away money, disregarding the $19 trillion of debt we still have.
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    We should distance ourselves from the EU as much as possible.
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    One of our longest-standing allies recently left the EU; perhaps a sign that the EU is not the answer to every country's problems. Regardless, the Ukraine's membership, or not, is none of the USA's business.
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    Stay out of the European business and Get Us out of the United Nations Now and get the United Nations out of the U S
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    It's not our problem! They are adults who can handle their own business.
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    Qualifying for EU membership requires numerous changes in the Ukraine. Such change must arise from within the country itself, not from outside interests.
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    The EU is a mess. No, the US should stay away from meddling with European affairs at this time. The EU is imploding on itself at the moment with their mis guided policies, no need to help another nation join in the train wreck.
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    We need to stay out of other countries affairs if it doesn't directly threaten us
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    Not our business!
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    At what point do we as a country ask ourselves are we in the right position to help others? We're near at $20 trillion . Ukraine $75 trillion in debt to help Ukraine to join the European Union ? We shouldn't never pay attention to the worldwide economic questions until Obama or Clinton is stupid enough to ship the United States markets over we shouldn't be allowed to question affairs unless it's our us military got injured or killed on their soil
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    As a super power, I feel that we are obligated to involve our selves in all things possible. Would SuperMan just stand by while Ukraine was too incompetent to... Join the EU? Of course not! Let's be more like SuperMan!
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