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house Bill H. Res. 599

Condemning Human Rights Violations in the Yemen Conflict and Iran’s Aid to Houthi Rebels

Argument in favor

The House should condemn human rights violations in the Yemen conflict and Iran’s support for the Houthi rebels, while also acknowledging that the U.S. is supporting the coalition led by Saudi Arabia without specific congressional authorization for that assistance.

Hillary's Opinion
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11/13/2017
Human rights should always come first. Even if the US has no legal power to change the situation in Yemen we do at least have the obligation to shine a light on it, and to do all in our power to discourage that behavior EVERYWHERE.
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11/13/2017
Of course, we should support any inhumane murder and oppression any where in the world. I would also like to see a piece of legislation specifically for the oppression and inhumanity within the United States that would hold our own oppressive, inhumane leaders accountable for their unethical practices.
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John's Opinion
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11/14/2017
Of course we should be working to end this conflict and condemn the violence
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Argument opposed

This resolution is nothing more than a gesture as it wouldn’t have the force of law or compel Congress to authorize military involvement in the Yemen war between the Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels or cut off that assistance.

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11/13/2017
We have human rights violations here at home to deal with. Until we stop the police brutality on our own citizens of all colors, how can we condemn another nation for theirs.
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Eric's Opinion
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11/13/2017
I'm all for condemning human rights violations but this is a vailed atempt at partisan politics. If they truly wanted to condemn the human rights violations this would have included our support to Saudi Arabia with strings attached to improve Saudi's own human rights polices.
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Adam's Opinion
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11/13/2017
We kill more innocent people in drone strikes than anyone what moral ground are we standing on?
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed November 13th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 366 Yea / 30 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedNovember 1st, 2017

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    Human rights should always come first. Even if the US has no legal power to change the situation in Yemen we do at least have the obligation to shine a light on it, and to do all in our power to discourage that behavior EVERYWHERE.
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    We have human rights violations here at home to deal with. Until we stop the police brutality on our own citizens of all colors, how can we condemn another nation for theirs.
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    We should condemn this violence, however, it seems this administration wants to do everything alone instead of through the U.N. which is where actions such as this need to be addressed. This "go it alone" attitude just makes the possibility of us getting into another conflict more certain.
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    I'm all for condemning human rights violations but this is a vailed atempt at partisan politics. If they truly wanted to condemn the human rights violations this would have included our support to Saudi Arabia with strings attached to improve Saudi's own human rights polices.
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    End the support that our government is providing to the Saudis now! Thousands have already died and millions are on the brink of starvation due to our government's support of the Saudi blockade and air strikes. This tragedy is only possible due to actions of first Obama and now continued under Trump. Their illegal acts of war have caused preventable devastation and loss of innocent lives.
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    You damn hypocrites. Those are OUR human rights violations! WE are the aggressors in this conflict! WE are behind the blockades, the air strikes, and all else. That is US. Get us out of there, you evil, spineless, soulless cowards.
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    We kill more innocent people in drone strikes than anyone what moral ground are we standing on?
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    I doubt that Yemen cares how we vote. We are too involved in that part of the world. These things just take up time that Congress could be actually getting together and working on problems that can really be solved.
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    Of course, we should support any inhumane murder and oppression any where in the world. I would also like to see a piece of legislation specifically for the oppression and inhumanity within the United States that would hold our own oppressive, inhumane leaders accountable for their unethical practices.
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    Of course we should be working to end this conflict and condemn the violence
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    Wait, you are really asking that a completely inept Republicans GOP, who wouldn’t know a human rights violation even in a bikini; condemn another country. This really is an episode of Pinky and The Brain. ✍️To clarify: when I spent the last week requesting that Congress focus of the need for humanitarian rights legislation; I was inferring to the chasm between legislation and the violations of humans rights here at home. 🎩
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    Yes but force the saudis to obey as well
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    Mind your own business...
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    I agree wholeheartedly with Chad's comment that before we try to change the world we need to address our situations here in the USA. We need to address POLICE brutality, voting rights, class, race and gender discrimination. If you are going to try to change the world, you need to at least try to set a example! !
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    Why in the heck is our government giving Saudi Arabia hundreds of billions in military assets to use in their proxy war in Yemen? They continually bomb heavy urban centers, schools, medical facilities, ET see. Stop it now.
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    I see nothing in this resolution that would justify the U.S. wading into a religious proxy war. The Saudi follow Sunni Islam and Iran follows Shia Islam. Yemen Houthis’ are Shia. This Administration would have us believe that the Saudi’s are allies and that Iran is our enemy but we must remember history. We have the Saudi’s to thank for 9/11 also Saudi Arabia is home to Wahhabism one of the most hostile Islamic Sects to the U.S. in the Middle East. The Saudis are just as guilty as the Iranians as far violation of human rights go. Neither have stellar human rights reputations. If the U.S. is examined closely we don’t either. It’s just not as obvious. This is another conflict that we do not need and if we do get involved it will eventually cost us. We need to get our own house in order before throwing rocks at someone else’s.
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    All the 'against' votes are that congress has other things to do -- yes they do, so let's make this a quick noncontroversial vote; and that the US has problems here at home -- yes we do, but it's not like voting no on this helps any. Looking at other countries and saying "dude, not cool" is a low bar. Let's clear it.
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    It’s probably gonna get passed any way but, we have our hands tied already with Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and we’re involved in something that wasn’t even our business to begin with. This is Irans and Saudi Arabia’s problem, not ours. I know it’s bad to turn a blind eye to these issues, but it seems like conflicts like these are never going to be resolved any time soon. There will always be a new problem every week. I would support at the most medical aid and essential needs. But weapons, ammo, training, and military support sounds like a waste of money if we have no idea how long this will take. 15 years later and we’re still at war. We bit off more than we could chew and it’s starting to back fire with everyone flooding in from countries like Yemen. I respectively vote no.
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    Good faith gestures are great. Condemning human right violations is also a plus. But I read nothing about military personnel in this description, and the fact of the matter is that sending in peace keepers, journalists, medical personnel, etc. without any protection is asking for a problem- especially in this region
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    Here’s the thing, War is War. Conflict is not so obvious in current warfare, especially in the Middle East. Most of the time, those who are gaining footholds in States use civilians as shields to protect themselves. Take Hamas and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. In both cases, Israel and the Saudi-led coalition use force to target where missiles and mortar fire are coming from, which is strategically placed to be in civilian centers to protect the attackers from retaliation. When a coalition or Israel responds, the coalition or Israel loses face internationally for attacking civilian locations, but they are only protecting themselves. You can condemn this act of warfare, but there is no way around it. You can condemn Iran until we are blue in the face for stirring up sectarian descent, but in reality that has been the life of the Middle East since the partite of the two religious sects in power. I support the war efforts going on over there and instead of condemning those who respond to indiscriminate fire against openly unguarded civilians against those hiding behind the civilians firing the weapons, its time we truly open our eyes and realize there is very little a military can do against insurgent warfare regarding civilian deaths.
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