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house Bill H.R. 2486

Restricting Executive Branch Travel Bans, Giving Detained Travelers Access to Legal Counsel, & Banning Anti-Competitive Behavior by Prescription Drug Makers

Argument in favor

This bill would repeal the Trump administration’s harmful travel ban and place checks on future administrations to ensure that such bans aren’t adopted without good reason. It would also ensure that travelers entering the U.S. who are detained & inspected have access to legal counsel & can consult with other interested parties. Finally, this bill would prevent prescription drug companies from engaging in anti-competitive behavior that increases prices for consumers.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/16/2019
100% approve! Far better expenditure of taxpayers money that more wars. Education is always worthwhile choice. BTW, if you think this country has equality get out of your soap bubble and look at reality. The playing field is not level. Unless you are a CIS-HET WASP (look it up) and a Male, you are automatically starting in a different place due to institutional discrimination. Also: Without getting too sociological, people who cry “reverse racism” (or reverse sexism for that matter) need to realize that racism – as in, actual racism – requires a unbalanced power dynamic in order to work. Racial jokes and slurs toward white folks are irrelevant because whites hold institutional power over everyone else. This is true throughout history. And since people of color hold little sway in defining the terms of white existence, it’s abundantly clear that racial slurs and jokes directed at whites are no more than that: slurs and jokes. They carry no weight, because there’s no actual power behind them. So the next time you’re tempted to call someone a “reverse racist,” do the world a favor: don’t. There’s only one kind of racism that exists. And its name, appropriately, is “racism.” And accurately identifying the the group that benefits from the imbalanced power dynamic isn’t “racist”. “Reverse racism” doesn’t exist. Just because there's no White History month doesn't mean that white people are being discriminated against — and being called out for white privilege, however uncomfortable it may feel on an individual level, isn't "racism against whites." There has never, ever, ever been a national set of laws or system put in place to systematically oppress white people or push them to a status that is 'less than’. Not once. Ever. So 'reverse racism' can truly never exist.
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jimK's Opinion
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07/22/2020
As others have commented, I do not like bundled legislation as it makes it unclear what exactly our representatives are voting for or against. I agree with the goals of each of the bundled bills. Burrkitty has clearly addressed the racism and some of other inequities that are prevalent in our governance. Until a person of color, a female, someone with different religious beliefs can call me an ass for something I have said or done without me having the crutch of calling them entitled, reverse ‘racists’, or defaulting to some racist, sexist, religious slur - we will have inequities in our society. Until I can call a person of color, different sex or sexual orientation, religion an ass because of something that they have said or done without being dismissed as a bigot - we will have inequities in our society. Fixing these issues requires proactive policies and investment to break the societal inequities. Banning travel based on ethnicity or religion is equally wrong without other cause is equally wrong. Removing the existing free passes given to pharmaceutical companies just make sense. You may have noticed that a lot of well known and widely distributed drug prices have been increasing rapidly in this country over the last few years, without any clear due cause; given the breadth and depth of these increases across the board sure smacks of anticompetitive practices. It looks to me the big pharma is setting the stage for suffering ‘huge losses’ by going back to prior profitable pricing as a marketing ploy and a wedge for future pricing increases.
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IllWill's Opinion
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09/17/2019
It’s amazing how many ignorant commentators are here. Historically black colleges and universities exist because before the civil rights era many traditional colleges and universities especially in the south excluded black people from enrollment and these institutions opened in order to provide black people with higher education institutions that they could attend. HBCUs do not discriminate against anyone. If you’re white, Hispanic, Asian, etc. you can attend these institutions! And yes, federal funding for these colleges and universities should absolutely continue!
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Argument opposed

This bill would harm national security by undermining the executive branch’s ability to restrict travel to the U.S. from places where there is an outbreak of a highly infectious disease or which lack the capacity to vet travelers for terrorism links. It’s also a deeply cynical political ploy by House Democrats to include prescription drug pricing reforms that could pass as a standalone bill to a package of unrelated measures that are facing a veto threat.

JTJ's Opinion
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09/16/2019
Get the government out of education. Cut expenses and balance the budget.
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Doug's Opinion
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09/16/2019
Would we be having this discussion if it involved traditional white, heterosexual male institutions? I highly doubt it. Please stop trying to divide the country along racial lines and perpetuate the myth that all Americans are not equal.
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Ryan's Opinion
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09/16/2019
Racial discrimination should not be federally funded.
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    100% approve! Far better expenditure of taxpayers money that more wars. Education is always worthwhile choice. BTW, if you think this country has equality get out of your soap bubble and look at reality. The playing field is not level. Unless you are a CIS-HET WASP (look it up) and a Male, you are automatically starting in a different place due to institutional discrimination. Also: Without getting too sociological, people who cry “reverse racism” (or reverse sexism for that matter) need to realize that racism – as in, actual racism – requires a unbalanced power dynamic in order to work. Racial jokes and slurs toward white folks are irrelevant because whites hold institutional power over everyone else. This is true throughout history. And since people of color hold little sway in defining the terms of white existence, it’s abundantly clear that racial slurs and jokes directed at whites are no more than that: slurs and jokes. They carry no weight, because there’s no actual power behind them. So the next time you’re tempted to call someone a “reverse racist,” do the world a favor: don’t. There’s only one kind of racism that exists. And its name, appropriately, is “racism.” And accurately identifying the the group that benefits from the imbalanced power dynamic isn’t “racist”. “Reverse racism” doesn’t exist. Just because there's no White History month doesn't mean that white people are being discriminated against — and being called out for white privilege, however uncomfortable it may feel on an individual level, isn't "racism against whites." There has never, ever, ever been a national set of laws or system put in place to systematically oppress white people or push them to a status that is 'less than’. Not once. Ever. So 'reverse racism' can truly never exist.
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    Get the government out of education. Cut expenses and balance the budget.
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    Would we be having this discussion if it involved traditional white, heterosexual male institutions? I highly doubt it. Please stop trying to divide the country along racial lines and perpetuate the myth that all Americans are not equal.
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    Racial discrimination should not be federally funded.
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    As others have commented, I do not like bundled legislation as it makes it unclear what exactly our representatives are voting for or against. I agree with the goals of each of the bundled bills. Burrkitty has clearly addressed the racism and some of other inequities that are prevalent in our governance. Until a person of color, a female, someone with different religious beliefs can call me an ass for something I have said or done without me having the crutch of calling them entitled, reverse ‘racists’, or defaulting to some racist, sexist, religious slur - we will have inequities in our society. Until I can call a person of color, different sex or sexual orientation, religion an ass because of something that they have said or done without being dismissed as a bigot - we will have inequities in our society. Fixing these issues requires proactive policies and investment to break the societal inequities. Banning travel based on ethnicity or religion is equally wrong without other cause is equally wrong. Removing the existing free passes given to pharmaceutical companies just make sense. You may have noticed that a lot of well known and widely distributed drug prices have been increasing rapidly in this country over the last few years, without any clear due cause; given the breadth and depth of these increases across the board sure smacks of anticompetitive practices. It looks to me the big pharma is setting the stage for suffering ‘huge losses’ by going back to prior profitable pricing as a marketing ploy and a wedge for future pricing increases.
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    Support more legislative oversight of: 1) travel bans implemented by Executive orders 2) drug pricing especially when the government owns the patent as is the case with Remdesivir.
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    It’s amazing how many ignorant commentators are here. Historically black colleges and universities exist because before the civil rights era many traditional colleges and universities especially in the south excluded black people from enrollment and these institutions opened in order to provide black people with higher education institutions that they could attend. HBCUs do not discriminate against anyone. If you’re white, Hispanic, Asian, etc. you can attend these institutions! And yes, federal funding for these colleges and universities should absolutely continue!
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    Institutionalized racism and segregation. Plain and simple. Sad that we as a nation have not moved beyond this.
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    I’m not a fan of bundled legislation, but limiting travel bans, giving the detained legal counsel & reining in drug companies all makes sense to me.
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    We need special funding until we establish racial equity once and for all.
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    @burrkitty you’re comment seemed pretty stereotypical (and dare I say racist) about white, heterosexual males to me. Seems like you’re the one keeping racism alive in this country by making stereotypes about an entire social group
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    You've finally done it... your hypocrisy and ignorance have left me with no words... wtf libtards... thats it... thats all I've got.
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    I don’t support this act because it was sponsored by an America hating Democrat. I’m sure there’s a way this bill makes us weaker and gives more power to our enemies.
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    Isn’t this racism???? It is strange that the idea of banning Muslims was first suggested by a Democrat?? ( Bob Beckel )
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    Selective Colleges Are Disproportionately White White students account for 75 percent of freshman enrollment at colleges in the top three tiers of selectivity, according to Barron's college guide. Just 7 percent of freshmen at such colleges are African-American. Race/ethnicity Population age 18-24 Enrollment Top 3 tiers of selectivity Middle tier Open-access 2- and 4-year colleges All 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% White 62% 63% 75% 70% 57% African-American 15% 16% 7% 15% 20% Hispanic 18% 13% 8% 9% 17% Asian 4% 6% 10% 5% 5% Native American 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% Data show freshman enrollment in 2009. Totals may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. Source: Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce Get the data
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    On the surface, I support all three of these policies. I don't think that people should be banned entry based on their religion, I do think all travelers should have access to legal counsel if detained, and I do want better regulations on prescription drugs. However, I don't think we should pass these kinds of "kitchen sink" bills that address different issues. It's fine for funding and emergency bills, but this one seems like too much and not likely to go anywhere in the Senate. Break it up and pass each separately, see if you can get some consensus.
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    These payments play an important role in ensuring that minority students receive quality college educations. Renewal will ensure that they can continue fulfilling their important missions.
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    Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) play an important role in ensuring that minority students receive quality college educations. Renewing funding to these institutions will ensure that they can continue fulfilling their important missions.
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    Education is a much better use of taxpayer dollars.
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    Consider the funding of MSIs/TCUs/HBCUs as a form of reparations for the abuse that minorities have had to endure ;-)
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