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house Bill H.R. 1812

Establishing the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission

Argument in favor

The Commission would provide Congress with greater insight on which parts of the U.S. drug policy are working and which parts aren't.

Scott's Opinion
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08/07/2015
If the commission is independent and included academics who specialize in the social side effects, not just criminal codes and special interests, the commission could be of value. If the commission is going to be made up of the same law enforcement agencies whose whole existence is dependent on the most draconian law enforcement policies you can't get an unbiased review of what works and what doesn't. They will just double down on what they already do.
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JayinNC's Opinion
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07/08/2015
End the war on drugs if not all, at least marijuana because prohibition and always been proven to fail and costs millions if not Billions to enforce and makes a lucrative business for organized crime.
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Alis's Opinion
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06/30/2015
Heaven knows, Congress can use all the help their tiny minds can get!
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Argument opposed

It's unclear why a new commission is needed; aren't the DEA, ICE, FBI, and DHS already required to report on this issue?

Loraki's Opinion
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07/24/2016
Oh, sure! Just what we DON'T need: more overpaid bureaucrats watching porn and/or doing yoga and pumping breastmilk at work on our dime! We have several agencies already that should be carrying out this function! If they aren't, We the People want to know WHY NOT! As if the war on drugs has been such a roaring success! IF you care about the drug epidemic in America, CLOSE OFF OUR BORDERS, DECLARE SANCTUARY CITIES ILLEGAL AND IMPOSE HEAVY PENALTIES ON THEM, ROUND UP AND DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS AND QUIT GIVING AID TO NATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE GROWING OF CROPS SUCH AS POPPIES AND COCA PLANTS AND NATIONS THAT AID DRUG CARTEL ACTIVITIES!
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Steven's Opinion
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12/06/2015
So we're going to double down on the war on drugs and put together a commission to give congress information that's readily available from agencies already in place. Why not just ask for a briefing from said agencies? Instead of re-inventing the wheel, how about rolling on the ones you already have? Finding overly complicated ways to do what's already being taken care of is why congress accomplishes nothing!
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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11/11/2015
There are a lot of agencies that are looking into this matter daily, we don't need another commission to research and study the effectiveness of drug policies. We don't need more money spent on an unneeded commission.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1812?

This bill would establish the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission. The Commission would 

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of U.S. foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere to stop the illegal drug trade, end drug abuse, and reduce the damage associated with illegal drug markets and trafficking; and
  • Identify policy options to improve existing international and domestic anti-drug policy.

The Commission would terminate 60 days after submitting its report to Congress. 

Impact

The Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission; Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1812

$165.00
The CBO estimates that the bill would cost $16.5 million because implementation would cost $1.5 million and the bill authorizes $15 million for the Commission.

More Information

In Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) argued in a speech to Congress that the bill would help make U.S. drug policy more effective: 
"This legislation would create an independent commission to evaluate U.S. policies aimed at reducing drug production and trafficking in the Western Hemisphere.  The Commission will be required to submit recommendations on future U.S. drug policy to Congress, the Secretary of State, and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy 12 months after its first meeting. With $15.7 billion spent on counternarcotics programs in Latin America and the Caribbean between 1980 and 2012, it is important to take stock of what has worked, what has not worked, and what future U.S. drug policy should look like."
Of Note: Rep. Engel has introduced this legislation before. In 2009, the bill was introduced to the House and passed before failing to reach a vote in the Senate. In 2014, the bill was reintroduced but failed to reach a vote in the House or Senate.

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AKA

Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act

Official Title

To establish the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedApril 15th, 2015
    Oh, sure! Just what we DON'T need: more overpaid bureaucrats watching porn and/or doing yoga and pumping breastmilk at work on our dime! We have several agencies already that should be carrying out this function! If they aren't, We the People want to know WHY NOT! As if the war on drugs has been such a roaring success! IF you care about the drug epidemic in America, CLOSE OFF OUR BORDERS, DECLARE SANCTUARY CITIES ILLEGAL AND IMPOSE HEAVY PENALTIES ON THEM, ROUND UP AND DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS AND QUIT GIVING AID TO NATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE GROWING OF CROPS SUCH AS POPPIES AND COCA PLANTS AND NATIONS THAT AID DRUG CARTEL ACTIVITIES!
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    So we're going to double down on the war on drugs and put together a commission to give congress information that's readily available from agencies already in place. Why not just ask for a briefing from said agencies? Instead of re-inventing the wheel, how about rolling on the ones you already have? Finding overly complicated ways to do what's already being taken care of is why congress accomplishes nothing!
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    There are a lot of agencies that are looking into this matter daily, we don't need another commission to research and study the effectiveness of drug policies. We don't need more money spent on an unneeded commission.
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    Proliferation of agencies to overlap what dysfunctional existing ones are failing to do is not smart management.
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    If the commission is independent and included academics who specialize in the social side effects, not just criminal codes and special interests, the commission could be of value. If the commission is going to be made up of the same law enforcement agencies whose whole existence is dependent on the most draconian law enforcement policies you can't get an unbiased review of what works and what doesn't. They will just double down on what they already do.
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    No need to spend more tax payers money since we already have so many other agencies that are already doing this.
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    No cost estimate available? No thanks!
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    Not without a cost assessment. We are needing to cut spending. We need to know.
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    Oh yeah...that should work. 55 federal agencies can't solve the problem...why does we need another. WE DON'T!
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    What? More bureaucracy? Has not the idea of "limited Government" suffered a serious misinterpretation? Unclear why a new commission is needed;aren't the DEA, ICE, FBI, and DHS already required to report on this issue?
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    Just use laws on the books. Start with immigration.
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    The War on Drugs IS NOT WORKING
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    Stop bloating, please.
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    Where are our security agencies. Just another useless and worthless body to waste money and accomplish nothing.
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    We've got enough groups that already take care of this
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    Unnecessary and grows the federal government. Either reason is enough to kill the bill.
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    Hooray, another commission that can suck in taxpayer money for no benefit to the taxpayer.
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    Just another way to spend money and get us deeper in debt.
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    We already have alphabet soup running drugs. Eliminate most of these agencies and increase oversight and transparency on the remaining ones
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    Doesn't the DEA already provide information to an oversight committee?
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