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house Bill H. Res. 585

Should the House Reaffirm Support for the Good Friday Agreement to Ensure Peace in Northern Ireland?

Argument in favor

The Good Friday Agreement helped end three decades of conflict in Northern Ireland, and no one wants to see the Troubles return to this region after Brexit. By using trade negotiations to require the U.K. to uphold the Good Friday Agreement, this resolution would ensure that Congress exerts the influence it has to ensure that Northern Ireland’s peace is maintained.

jimK's Opinion
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12/03/2019
To answer the question posted: Yes, the US should reaffirm our commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and our belief that Brexit should not marginalize, separate or effect the freedom or the borders of Ireland. I do not believe that we should stoop to trump-tactics and use trade agreements to force our will upon valued allies and trading partners. This bull crap of using economic leverage to enforce our will upon others over matters which, at their core, are not directly related, reduces our presence in the world to that of being bullies, that our might makes us right. This has to stop or our country will continue to lose the respect we once had as fair and just arbiters of world issues, we will continue to endanger world partnerships that are needed to address world issues on an increasingly finite planet. Diplomacy first! Let’s stop encouraging authoritarian leaders throughout the world by our example; by stopping our use of authoritarian practices to force others to accept our will.
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Brian's Opinion
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12/03/2019
Peace in Northern Ireland is increasingly at risk due to Brexit and the House should express its support for this peace. The current British leadership seems bent on pulling out of the EU, and a border between the two parts of Ireland will likely cause more conflict. We cannot interfere in British politics, but we can express support for the peace that has lasted nearly 30 years.
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Bhuvanesh's Opinion
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12/03/2019
We should make it clear that if Brexit divides Ireland, we will end trade relations with the UK. The Good Friday Agreement was a hard-won peace and we should not support the UK if it violates it.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t use trade as a cudgel to impose its views on other nations, particularly when the concern this resolution seeks to address — violence in Northern Ireland post-Brexit — hasn’t occurred and isn’t guaranteed to occur. The U.K. and Ireland should be trusted to manage their shared border on their own without Congress’ interference.

operaman's Opinion
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12/03/2019
Just stay out of it. I'm sure that anything the House does will not stop flowers from blooming or rain from falling. Besides, isn't the House twiddling their thumbs over impeachment and neglecting USMCA?
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Matthew's Opinion
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12/03/2019
Those supporting this are essentially voting for a “quid pro quo” the Democrats have been scolding Pres Trump over. If you put qualifications on an agreement for it to go forward is a “tit for tat” agreement. Either the US is for peace, or it is not. Obviously I would like a united Ireland island, but we have to deal with reality.
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Caren's Opinion
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12/03/2019
Initially this legislation made sense, but after further reading it isn’t good and should not be supported. Seems there are ulterior motives where our country could unnecessarily benefit at the expense of the people of that country. If we don’t want to be wrongfully taken advantage of then neither should we do that to other countries. There shouldn’t be the holding the carrot over another government to obtain a goal. This is called blackmail. Oh, yeah, isn’t this what Joe Biden did with the Ukrainian government and now blaming on President Trump. Of course a Democrat is behind this. It really does make sense.
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      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedSeptember 24th, 2019
    To answer the question posted: Yes, the US should reaffirm our commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and our belief that Brexit should not marginalize, separate or effect the freedom or the borders of Ireland. I do not believe that we should stoop to trump-tactics and use trade agreements to force our will upon valued allies and trading partners. This bull crap of using economic leverage to enforce our will upon others over matters which, at their core, are not directly related, reduces our presence in the world to that of being bullies, that our might makes us right. This has to stop or our country will continue to lose the respect we once had as fair and just arbiters of world issues, we will continue to endanger world partnerships that are needed to address world issues on an increasingly finite planet. Diplomacy first! Let’s stop encouraging authoritarian leaders throughout the world by our example; by stopping our use of authoritarian practices to force others to accept our will.
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    Just stay out of it. I'm sure that anything the House does will not stop flowers from blooming or rain from falling. Besides, isn't the House twiddling their thumbs over impeachment and neglecting USMCA?
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    Peace in Northern Ireland is increasingly at risk due to Brexit and the House should express its support for this peace. The current British leadership seems bent on pulling out of the EU, and a border between the two parts of Ireland will likely cause more conflict. We cannot interfere in British politics, but we can express support for the peace that has lasted nearly 30 years.
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    We should make it clear that if Brexit divides Ireland, we will end trade relations with the UK. The Good Friday Agreement was a hard-won peace and we should not support the UK if it violates it.
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    We must support movements toward peace.
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    Yes, but I am pretty sure Ireland 🇮🇪 would prefer if we simply remove the idiot in the oval. I am with JimK on this one. Politics are exhausting and I have cookies to bake. Although, TickTock does make a good point about having limited creditability currently. I guess ask Ireland what they want...
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    Given our own Country’s diplomatic, political and even financial investment in the Irish Peace Process, and now particularly with the advent of a new United States Special Envoy, the vital issue of human rights, including language rights is a concern to us all.
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    As Brexit continues to loom over a decade of peace and cooperation as codified by the establishment of the GFA, Congress has a duty to uphold the principles laid out in the agreement. The US cannot falter in its support of the GFA and the American news cycle cannot be a distraction from our commitment to a lasting peace on the island of Ireland that so many US lawmakers played a significant part in helping to create over a decade ago.
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    We should always work to bring Peace where there was Violence.
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    Yes, our House must reaffirm the Good Friday peace agreement. It would be a horrible, and preventable, tragedy if violence once again terrorized Northern Ireland.
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    The Good Friday Agreement ended a long series of violent altercations in Ireland. Consequently, disagreement with the ceasefire created numerous splinter groups with the technological and strategic know-how to continue promoting nationalistic goals that weren’t part of the standing peace agreement. Groups like the Real IRA have caused tremendous terror and suffering in their efforts to promote their goals (see Omagh bombing). This is an undesirable environment for any country as political violence anywhere is bound to impede numerous human rights. As some groups are still active today, and are typically smaller in size, they often sneak under the radar of security forces and, for academics, are challenging to study. Thus, supporting the Good Friday Agreement may send a striking message that violent rebellion in Ireland is being denounced by the international community.
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    Those supporting this are essentially voting for a “quid pro quo” the Democrats have been scolding Pres Trump over. If you put qualifications on an agreement for it to go forward is a “tit for tat” agreement. Either the US is for peace, or it is not. Obviously I would like a united Ireland island, but we have to deal with reality.
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    We should support and affirm peace everywhere we can.
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    The United States should always choose Peace, support Peace, when and wherever Peace is possible.
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    Peace on Earth, good will toward all men and women in Ireland.
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    Initially this legislation made sense, but after further reading it isn’t good and should not be supported. Seems there are ulterior motives where our country could unnecessarily benefit at the expense of the people of that country. If we don’t want to be wrongfully taken advantage of then neither should we do that to other countries. There shouldn’t be the holding the carrot over another government to obtain a goal. This is called blackmail. Oh, yeah, isn’t this what Joe Biden did with the Ukrainian government and now blaming on President Trump. Of course a Democrat is behind this. It really does make sense.
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    Yes.
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    Yup
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    It’s become really simple , find out what Trump wants to do. Then do the exact opposite. This will prove to be the correct choice at least 8 out of 10 times. If he has a hotel or golf course involved those odds go to 100%
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    My wife’s people are from there...way back😋
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