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house Bill H. Con. Res. 129

Calling for Germany to Fully Fund the Medical Needs of Holocaust Survivors

Argument in favor

The passage of time hasn’t diminished Germany’s responsibility to provide for the medical needs of Holocaust survivors. Members of Congress are right to advocate for them, as many live in America.

hrieniets's Opinion
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06/09/2016
These people are the victims of probably the greatest atrocities committed by mankind against itself. If only one demographic could get government-subsidized healthcare, it should be holocaust victims.
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Asher's Opinion
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06/08/2016
Although there is no way Congress can force Germany to perform such an action, we can encourage it.
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12/11/2016
And the United States should live by example and give reparations for slavery.
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Argument opposed

Congress is simply grandstanding on this issue, as there’s nothing they can do to force Germany to be more transparent about how it financially supports survivors of the Holocaust.

Rowan's Opinion
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06/08/2016
I think that this is a difficult thing for our country to ask Germany to do when we haven't even apologized or made an sort of reparations or mends for the injustice of slavery.
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Leslie's Opinion
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06/08/2016
Are the congressmen who support this bill also in favor of other countries telling us how to do things. Should Germany be able to tell us how to compensate African Americans for slavery and how to transparently report that compensation. What is good for the goose is good for the gander
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Chas's Opinion
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06/08/2016
I dont think the people currently in power in Germany had any ties with causes of the Holocaust. I also think Germany should feel obligated to help in some way at least.
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What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 129?

This resolution would urge the Federal Republic of Germany to recognize the immediate need to fully fund the medical, mental health, and long-term care needs of surviving Holocaust victims. It also calls for full transparency and accountability in the process to ensure that the German government and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany provide that funding efficiently, fairly, and without delay.

The German government would also be urged to reaffirm its commitment to fulfilling its moral responsibility to Holocaust victims by:

  • Ensuring that each Holocaust victim receives all of the prescribed medical care, home care, mental health care, and other vital services necessary to live in dignity;

  • Providing, without delay, additional financial resources to address the unique needs of Holocaust victims.

Impact

Holocaust survivors; the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; and the Federal Republic of Germany.

Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 129

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced this bill to ensure that Holocaust survivors have their medical needs taken care by Germany, which has committed to support them:

“Today there are less than half a million survivors of humanity’s darkest period worldwide, and nearly half of those are living at or below the poverty level. Holocaust survivors have lived through and experienced unconscionable evil, and now, as they live out the remainder of their days, they grapple with not only the physical ailments of old age, but the enduring emotional and psychological scars inflicted upon them. And while the German government has made a commitment over the years to provide justice for Holocaust victims, it has a moral obligation to do more to ensure that all survivors get the justice and care they need and deserve.”

This legislation was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee by unanimous consent, and is supported by 40 cosponsors — including 29 Democrats and 11 Republicans.


Of Note: It has been estimated that there are fewer than 500,000 Holocaust survivors still alive around the world, with about 100,000 of them residing in the U.S. The German government has been in negotiations to broaden its support for survivors — many of victims that require that help are reaching extreme age and live in poverty.


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Official Title

Expressing support for the goal of ensuring that all Holocaust victims live with dignity, comfort, and security in their remaining years, and urging the Federal Republic of Germany to continue to reaffirm its commitment to this goal through a financial commitment to comprehensively address the unique health and welfare needs of vulnerable Holocaust victims, including home care and other medically prescribed needs.

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  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed June 7th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 363 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedApril 21st, 2016

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    These people are the victims of probably the greatest atrocities committed by mankind against itself. If only one demographic could get government-subsidized healthcare, it should be holocaust victims.
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    I think that this is a difficult thing for our country to ask Germany to do when we haven't even apologized or made an sort of reparations or mends for the injustice of slavery.
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    Are the congressmen who support this bill also in favor of other countries telling us how to do things. Should Germany be able to tell us how to compensate African Americans for slavery and how to transparently report that compensation. What is good for the goose is good for the gander
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    I dont think the people currently in power in Germany had any ties with causes of the Holocaust. I also think Germany should feel obligated to help in some way at least.
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    This argument is reminiscent of the Reparation argument. It's funny how those who are opposed to reparations for American blacks are in support of holocaust reparations. I happen to agree with those against reparations, and so I'm against this.
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    Although there is no way Congress can force Germany to perform such an action, we can encourage it.
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    And the United States should live by example and give reparations for slavery.
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    Not sure why this is necessary, however Chancellor Merkel is under considerable pressure by the German right wing to decrease funding more progressive programs, and may need the support of our recently elected right wing government to help ensure this program continues. Ros-Lehtinen is not one of my favorite Republicans, but is generally not a loose cannon. I support the Holocaust survivors being provided whatever they need because while they are alive we are continuing to use their personal stories to document the facts surrounding the Holocaust. They are our only resource and they deserve our support which was so absent during their experiences.
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    Absolutely! It doesn't GET more deserving than holocaust survivors. I can't believe it's even in question!
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    The US hasn't even tried to save the veterans and survivors of the civil rights movement, or the Race Riots which literally bombed US citizens from the sky.
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    Even if the activities within another country are horrifying and immoral, history has shown that American intervention makes things worse. There is nothing the United States can do and even attempting to encourage Germany could result in unnecessary tensions.
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    Absolutely!
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    It is important for these survivors to have access to healthcare that they need without worrying about the cost.
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    Many generations and millions of families were hit by the holocaust. If your country was not providing your family with deserving and necessary benefits, would you deny the suggestion of help from another country? Looking out for your health? Holocaust victims or not they deserve the right to health care, the circumstance only makes it more obvious that these people need help to recover from a human inflicted era of genocide. If your argument is that we should not intervene, you are confusing a bill like this, for boots on the ground. We are protecting our fellow man with a pen not a sword. This is the time to help our countries, I agree that not all matters need our help. Many matters are best without foreign intervention, but that doesn't mean we cannot use our freedom of speech and stand up for what's right for the people. And if we don't fight for health care everywhere, how can we get it to our people? If you do not agree with this bill ask yourself how safe you feel with insurance, a doctor to call for your kids and even grandparents. The ability to travel, get shots and prevent the spread of disease. Think big.
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    It's a good idea 70 years too late.
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    I don't think America should dictate what other countries do with their money PARTICULARLY when America has not taken on the full shame of slavery or paid out sufficient reparations to African Americans for slavery. This is a hypocritical move on the American government's part.
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    A wonderful gesture by the same politicians who can't work together to represent the people who elected them. Hypocrites!
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    YES
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    The Holocaust was horrible, and those responsible have already been tried and punished. The current German taxpayer is not to blame.
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    First off all this bill should not appear in the U.S because we can't legislate other countries, secondly Germany should not be held accountable for the holocost rather all blame should go to the Nazi party and its supporters. To blame Germany would be no different than blaming the current U.S government for slavery.
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