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house Bill H. Res. 372

Should the House Express Concern for the U.S.-Turkey Alliance Over Turkey’s Plan to Buy Russian Missiles?

Argument in favor

The U.S.-Turkey relationship is imperiled by Turkey’s plan to buy a Russian air and missile defense system that would undermine the F-35 fighter program used by NATO. The House should put Turkey on notice that it won’t be getting its F-35s if it buys the Russian missile system.

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Yes, the House should be concerned when a NATO ally starts aligning themselves with the very foe which was the reason for creating NATO in the first place. This is a resolution to say "we are concerned". It is not a bill. I believe that this is primarily best worked out diplomatically with the threat of holding back weapons they wish to purchase from us. Aren't Patriot missiles good enough for them?
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David 's Opinion
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When a NATO ally is buying weapons from an adversary and developing a possible alliance with them, bloody right we should be concerned.
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Karen 's Opinion
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Well, who knows, since DT seems to be sending American weapon manufacturing jobs to the Saudis... I guess anything goes! Grrrrrrr....
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Argument opposed

While this may be a broadly bipartisan bill, the House should skip a non-binding resolution and instead take a sterner approach to Turkey’s plan to buy a Russian missile system by bringing forward actual sanctions of the Turkish regime.

Mark's Opinion
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Really? Take a vote on expressing “concern”? Hey Turkey watch out. We’re expressing “concern”! Damn. Can the House of Representatives be any more useless? God help this ship of fools....
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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Turkey is not a US territory. They are free to do whatever they want. Congress needs to get busy with real issues like immigration!
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Gregory's Opinion
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The house wants to do everything but what is important for the american people so come election time the socialist democrats in the do nothing house should be voted out of office. WIN Win win 2020
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      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedMay 10th, 2019

What is House Bill H. Res. 372?

This resolution would express the House of Representative’s concern for the U.S.-Turkey relationship over Turkey’s planned acquisition of the S-400 air and missile defense system from Russia. It would call for the termination of planned participation by Turkey in the F-35 aircraft industrial program and deliveries of roughly 100 F-35 aircraft to Turkey if it acquires the S-400 system. Allowing Turkey to have both could compromise the F-35’s stealth characteristics and undermine the NATO alliance’s joint development & use of the aircraft.

The resolution also acknowledges the historical ties between the U.S. and Turkey, including its contributions as a member of the NATO alliance. Turkey is one of the original nine partner nations in the development of the F-35 and only recently began training pilots on its first F-35 in Arizona. If Turkey acquires the S-400 system, this resolution would call for sanctions to be considered under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017.

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance beyond the House if adopted.

Impact

The U.S.-Turkey relationship; and the House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 372

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced this resolution to call on Turkey to cancel its planned acquisition of the Russian S-400 air and missile defense system:

“This resolution demonstrates the U.S. Congress’s strong commitment to our country’s historic relationship with Turkey. But we’re troubled by the direction that President Erdogan is taking our important NATO ally. His attacks on democracy, civil society, and the free press are deeply concerning. And cozying up to Vladimir Putin is unacceptable. The U.S. Congress will not stand idly by if Erdogan pursues the Russian S-400 air and missile defense system. This legislation sends a clear message to Erdogan— if you continue down this path, you’ll face serious consequences.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX) added:

“Turkey is a long-standing ally, but they face a clear choice. If Ankara buys Russian missile systems, the United States should immediately implement sanctions and boot Turkey from the F-35 program. Our bipartisan resolution should be taken as a clear statement from Congress that Turkey must choose: partner with Russia or its NATO allies. I hope Erdogan makes the right decision. The future of our alliance depends on it.”

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 17 bipartisan cosponsors, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).


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(Photo Credit: Соколрус via Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

AKA

Expressing concern for the United States-Turkey alliance.

Official Title

Expressing concern for the United States-Turkey alliance.

    Yes, the House should be concerned when a NATO ally starts aligning themselves with the very foe which was the reason for creating NATO in the first place. This is a resolution to say "we are concerned". It is not a bill. I believe that this is primarily best worked out diplomatically with the threat of holding back weapons they wish to purchase from us. Aren't Patriot missiles good enough for them?
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    Really? Take a vote on expressing “concern”? Hey Turkey watch out. We’re expressing “concern”! Damn. Can the House of Representatives be any more useless? God help this ship of fools....
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    When a NATO ally is buying weapons from an adversary and developing a possible alliance with them, bloody right we should be concerned.
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    trump regime is corrupt and criminal. trump is a dangerous delusional demagogue. Congress must step in.
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    Well, who knows, since DT seems to be sending American weapon manufacturing jobs to the Saudis... I guess anything goes! Grrrrrrr....
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    Turkey is not a US territory. They are free to do whatever they want. Congress needs to get busy with real issues like immigration!
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    The house wants to do everything but what is important for the american people so come election time the socialist democrats in the do nothing house should be voted out of office. WIN Win win 2020
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    We should talk with Turkey that if the buy missiles from Russia then maybe we need to rethink purchasing air crafts like the F-35s from them.
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    It would probably be wise to keep high performance aircraft out of the hands of an ally with such strong links to Russia.
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    The House needs to do more than “express concern” over the U.S. alliance with Turkey, with Turkey buying missiles from Turkey. The House needs to push the state Department to put the kibosh on it. That entire area is preparing for war, and our children will be dying in it. Enough!
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    Yes tell them they can not buy from Russia!
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    Should they be "concerned".....Let me think, uh-h.....yeah!
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    If Turkey wants to buy Russian strategic anti-ballistic missiles and ground-to-air missile launchers, than they do not deserve to be in NATO, nor do they deserve the F-35 stealth program partnership. I propose calling for NATO to emit Israel, as Israel has always been a true western supporter, unlike Turkey under Dictator Erdogan. I support this Resolution fully.
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    Our standing in the world since President Trump took office has not been good. His admiration for dictators and his comments and tweets on world leaders has alienated our relationship with our allies. Putting Russia, China, North Korea, & Saudi Arabia before the interest of our allies is wrong. Russia interfering in the 2016 was a serious breach, yet our president shrugged it off as no great wrongdoing. His foreign policy is harming our world standard. We must improve our ally relationships and work toward goals that benefit our planet. GOP Congress must do better since they have more experience than the president. Step up when he’s wrong and advise him. Do your jobs of Checks & Balances on the administration.
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    They are supposed to be a part of NATO which is protection from Russia.
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    The U.S.-Turkey relationship is imperiled by Turkey’s plan to buy a Russian air and missile defense system that would undermine the F-35 fighter program used by NATO. The House should put Turkey on notice that it won’t be getting its F-35s if it buys the Russian missile system.
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    All the other issues facing our country and this is what you vote on. Good god you people truly are worthless.
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    Yes. Turkey should be kicked out of NATO
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    No. I wouldn’t sell Turkey any advanced American military hardware. Turkey is an unstable country and I would say that it’s alliance to NATO has passed. I’d rather not let Turkey get the F35 as it will likely be picked apart by foreign actors (China, Russia, India, Iran).
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    If this doesn’t frighten you, then you should seek help immediately It is our children and grandchildren that will have to fight these brutal wars when they start You’ll never see a trump on the battlefield
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