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house Bill H. Res. 317

Calling For the Unconditional Release of U.S. Citizens and Residents Imprisoned by Iran

Argument in favor

Iran needs to release the American citizens and permanent residents it’s holding for political purposes and Congress calling the regime out may help.

Anton's Opinion
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07/26/2017
Please also release any and all "prisoners" in Gitmo, if we expect our citizens held illegally to be released, we must, in turn, do the same.
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DrRichSwier's Opinion
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07/26/2017
Iran is a terrorist state holding Americans hostage. Sanctions may work but stronger actions may be needed. An embargo and possibly military actions.
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Pamela 's Opinion
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07/26/2017
Why is this even a question? The rational and humane answer is, of course, HELL YES!!!!
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Argument opposed

This resolution does nothing more than ask Iran to release the hostages it’s holding for ransom and wouldn’t carry the force of law.

JakeS's Opinion
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07/26/2017
Now, as much as I am for the rescue of said citizens, this policy will do almost nothing to affect them. Stronger sanctions are needed to send a clear message, to show that we can and will back up our demands.
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Maribeth 's Opinion
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07/26/2017
So we call them out. Then what. What is plan B?
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lmwalz's Opinion
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07/27/2017
This is a waste of time. We have more important matters to address than prisoners in Iran. While my heart goes out to those families, we need to focus on the bigger picture of saving our country from a narsicist president.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed July 26th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism
    IntroducedMay 4th, 2017

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    Please also release any and all "prisoners" in Gitmo, if we expect our citizens held illegally to be released, we must, in turn, do the same.
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    Now, as much as I am for the rescue of said citizens, this policy will do almost nothing to affect them. Stronger sanctions are needed to send a clear message, to show that we can and will back up our demands.
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    So we call them out. Then what. What is plan B?
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    Why is this even a question? The rational and humane answer is, of course, HELL YES!!!!
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    Iran is a terrorist state holding Americans hostage. Sanctions may work but stronger actions may be needed. An embargo and possibly military actions.
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    This resolution will likely have no effect, but there's no reason why we shouldn't call for American citizens and residents who have been unjustly imprisoned to be released.
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    This is empty posturing, of course, but also a necessary dance to show support for our citizens being held and to show official displeasure with Iran's actions. Perhaps we should focus more importantly on staffing up the State Department so we can deal with this issue more effectively.
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    And we release all of ours too! If guilty of a crime, convict. Habeas corpus is nearly 1000 years old. We fought the War to retain it, only Lincoln shut it down, convict or release all prisoners.
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    Won't do any good but why not.
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    Yes this is a great opportunity for us to negotiate a release date and start to talk to our friends and enemies in the middle East . Iran is playing a enormous role and will be a major partner moving forward.in any issues in the region.An opportunity to work with and speak to friends and allies is a great starting point for Peace.
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    It's a bullshit bill. Pass something with real teeth and I'll get excited. But if they are just residents not citizens will President Trump allow them to travel back?
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    This bill appears to be toothless, and needs to be complemented with sanctions.
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    No American should be held captive in any foreign country! Look at the poor kid that died for taking down a political poster.
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    Don't know if this will work but it should be done.
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    But let's not forget the political prisoners the US holds.
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    Sure! Why not? Not that they would listen, but it definitely wouldn't hurt. Also, we need tougher sanctions.
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    And release the prisoners in gitmo too
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    This country is crumbling. Trump is a maniac who is mentally ill. This bill is important but there are SO many other issues to be addressed
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    Get our people HOME
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    More sanctions and get the cash back that Obama shipped to them.
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