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house Bill H.R. 1706

Prohibiting U.S. Aid From Rebuilding Parts of Syria Controlled by Assad

Argument in favor

Until Assad respects the human rights of the Syrian people, no U.S. assistance should go to rebuilding areas of the country controlled by his regime.

jimK's Opinion
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10/13/2019
Why would we want to help fund a foreign adversary supported, mass-murdering and genocidal leader rebuild infrastructure in regions that he still controls? It only frees up resources to be used for re-taking regions he has lost. My first reaction to this question was to say no due to humanitarian concerns. The legislation spells out meaningful exceptions that allow humanitarian support. I still wish that we could do these kind of common-sense things without legislation; like the good of’ days- when a note from a Congressional subcommittee or oversight board would most often be sufficient. Congress could spend more time dealing with legislative issues at a broader, higher-level and more strategic basis. ... ... ... Maybe we should ban congressional use of word processors and make them go back to carbon-copy typewritten legislation; the kind that has to be carefully and concisely worded, well deliberated and carefully thought through for long term consequences.
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Dennison 's Opinion
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10/13/2019
Do not support dictators! America cannot support those who abuse human rights abroad or at home!
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Paul's Opinion
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10/13/2019
We should only rebuild and sablilze area controlled by the Kurds at this time. Having a strong ally in the region should be a goal. The Kurd have been loyal and effective in the fight against ISIS. Assad only wants to wipe out the enemies of his regained. Some of these rebels hate the Kurds and Christians. We cannot help Assad by our actions. We should introduce and back the Kurds, when negotiating with other Arab nations, and our other allies. You would think that the world knows that, we don’t support, murders, and despots
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Argument opposed

The U.S. shouldn’t restrict its reconstruction assistance from going to parts of Syria controlled by the Assad regime, as that’s a significant portion of Syria.

B.R.'s Opinion
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10/13/2019
As long as the Assad regime is in control, the demands of this bill are not going to happen. Besides, they can get reconstruction assistance from Russia, Iran, and probably China without making any human right changes.
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Ronald's Opinion
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10/13/2019
No action on anything, until Congress has healed itself from their impeachment mdness.
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Robert j.'s Opinion
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10/13/2019
Lost cause. After Mr Trump’s error most of Syria will be abandoned.
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    Why would we want to help fund a foreign adversary supported, mass-murdering and genocidal leader rebuild infrastructure in regions that he still controls? It only frees up resources to be used for re-taking regions he has lost. My first reaction to this question was to say no due to humanitarian concerns. The legislation spells out meaningful exceptions that allow humanitarian support. I still wish that we could do these kind of common-sense things without legislation; like the good of’ days- when a note from a Congressional subcommittee or oversight board would most often be sufficient. Congress could spend more time dealing with legislative issues at a broader, higher-level and more strategic basis. ... ... ... Maybe we should ban congressional use of word processors and make them go back to carbon-copy typewritten legislation; the kind that has to be carefully and concisely worded, well deliberated and carefully thought through for long term consequences.
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    As long as the Assad regime is in control, the demands of this bill are not going to happen. Besides, they can get reconstruction assistance from Russia, Iran, and probably China without making any human right changes.
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    Do not support dictators! America cannot support those who abuse human rights abroad or at home!
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    We should only rebuild and sablilze area controlled by the Kurds at this time. Having a strong ally in the region should be a goal. The Kurd have been loyal and effective in the fight against ISIS. Assad only wants to wipe out the enemies of his regained. Some of these rebels hate the Kurds and Christians. We cannot help Assad by our actions. We should introduce and back the Kurds, when negotiating with other Arab nations, and our other allies. You would think that the world knows that, we don’t support, murders, and despots
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    America must restore its standing as a beacon for human rights.
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    Sadly this is probably necessary. Please congress-don’t help Assad. It’s likely necessary to pass this bill because trump will help Assad and Putin and Erdogan. Ruthless cruel murdering dictator thugs stick together. That’s the company trump keeps. Mobsters and thugs.
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    Why is this even a proposal? Assad is a dictator, who terrorizes his people. He destroyed he nation and killed many of his people. Even now will not come to the aid of the Syrian Kurds who are being attacked by by Turkey
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    Aid will never get to the people who need it, it will go to to warlords, or whoever the leadership is controling the area at this moment.
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    Well said Beth. Putin and Assad now control northern Syria and are coming to the aid of the Kurds. Putin bought Trump, the GOP, and the election in 2016. CHECKMATE PUTIN!
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    Assad needs to respect the human rights of the Syrian population. This is one way to make him do that.
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    Why is this even being considered? We should never prop up dictators, especially those who commit genocide!
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    No aid to a murdering leader. Trump is now just like him. He left our friends the Kurds to be murdered. Same thing!!!
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    No action on anything, until Congress has healed itself from their impeachment mdness.
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    NO, for the same reason that we should condemn the American abandonment of the Kurds. We do not support Dictators. Politically or financially
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    I like what Hindsight2020 said. Dear Mr. Hindsight. I copied what you wrote. I hope you don’t mind. It is full of goodies about Trump. Doozeys i’d say. But Trump is evil, and when someone shares this truth, it should be a loud blasting, so the world can hear. My answer is YES OF COURSE TRUMP NEEDS TO BE WATCHED LIKE A HAWK, AND HIS EVIL DEEDS PRONOUNCED FROM THE ROOFTOPS!
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    Lets rebuild America instead!
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    No money to Assad! He’s a murderer
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    Yes. I don’t support using our tax dollars to help Assad.
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    We should not do anything that helps this murderer.
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    Yes, please do prevent our taxes from being used to enrich a murderous, genocidal regime that has committed innumerable atrocities!
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