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house Bill H.R. 2932

Should Homeland Security & FEMA Incorporate the Needs of Children Into Their Disaster Planning?

Argument in favor

Children are the most vulnerable during disasters, and this bipartisan bill would ensure that Homeland Security & FEMA receive feedback from experts related to their protection that could be incorporated into agency disaster planning.

jimK's Opinion
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02/10/2020
It is really sad that something like this needs to be legislated. It gets back to a recurring issue in our country that if something is not specifically spelled out in detail or enumerated on some list, then it is permissible. Handing off government responsibilities to for-profit enterprises with little foresight, oversight or added direction clearly highlights the problem; since ‘providing soap and toothbrushes for children was not specifically called for in the contract’ and therefore unneeded. This was also a core argument in trump’s Impeachment defense, that unless a specific law was clearly broken, no offense is Impeachable. Well all of these arguments are crap, especially at the federal level. It’s easy to hold someone accountable to a yes-no checklist. It is difficult to hold someone to account for not honoring broad policies, social policy goals and the intent of governing laws. It should be! That is why Congress should be able to use it’s legislative judgement and oversight of agency programs to ensure that funded agencies and programs are functioning as they should. … … … Oh well, that is not today’s reality - given the unhealthy ‘bi-partisan’ instead of ‘non-partisan’ nature of our governance and the the now unconstrained administrative branch. So, yes- we need to protect all children, honor international law and fundamental American ideals and principles. Yes, we need another legislative ‘nit’ since our governance is broken and will take some time to restore, if it can be restored.
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Leslie's Opinion
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02/10/2020
Hopefully DHS also applies this to children held at the border in cages? “Children are the most vulnerable during disasters, and this bipartisan bill would ensure that Homeland Security & FEMA receive feedback from experts related to their protection that could be incorporated into agency disaster planning.”
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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02/10/2020
Well that’s a non question. Every administration until this one has done that automatically. Trump needs to be told what services are necessary because he hasn’t a clue what is necessary for others because all he thinks about is himself. Disasters are traumatic for adults. For children it’s worse. They have NO control over what happens to them.
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Argument opposed

While this bill is well-intended and bipartisan, children will always be among the most vulnerable during disasters no matter how much their needs are accounted for in planning. Besides, DHS is already developing these plans.

JTJ's Opinion
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02/10/2020
If these departments are not already doing this, then it proves that the government pretty much sucks at everything it tries to manage. Abolish these money wasting departments and let states deal with their own problems.
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Rick 's Opinion
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02/10/2020
It’s really a no brainer that children are the most vulnerable as well as the sick and elderly!!! This has been so since the beginning!!! These issues should be already a part of the plan!!!
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Gregory's Opinion
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02/11/2020
Another waste of time and hard earned tax dollars by the democrats.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed February 10th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 374 Yea / 11 Nay
    IntroducedMay 22nd, 2019

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Bill Activity

  • IntroReferral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  • Floor
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 374 - 11 (Roll no. 55). (text: CR H990)
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H999-1000)
  • Floor
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2932.
  • Floor
    Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H990-991)
  • Floor
    Ms. Torres Small (NM) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • Calendars
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 294.
  • Discharge
    Committee on Transportation discharged.
  • Committee
    Reported by the Committee on Homeland Security. H. Rept. 116-370, Part I.
  • Committee
    Ordered to be Reported.
  • Committee
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • Committee
    Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Discharged.
  • Committee
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
  • Committee
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed February 10th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 374 Yea / 11 Nay
    IntroducedMay 22nd, 2019

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    It is really sad that something like this needs to be legislated. It gets back to a recurring issue in our country that if something is not specifically spelled out in detail or enumerated on some list, then it is permissible. Handing off government responsibilities to for-profit enterprises with little foresight, oversight or added direction clearly highlights the problem; since ‘providing soap and toothbrushes for children was not specifically called for in the contract’ and therefore unneeded. This was also a core argument in trump’s Impeachment defense, that unless a specific law was clearly broken, no offense is Impeachable. Well all of these arguments are crap, especially at the federal level. It’s easy to hold someone accountable to a yes-no checklist. It is difficult to hold someone to account for not honoring broad policies, social policy goals and the intent of governing laws. It should be! That is why Congress should be able to use it’s legislative judgement and oversight of agency programs to ensure that funded agencies and programs are functioning as they should. … … … Oh well, that is not today’s reality - given the unhealthy ‘bi-partisan’ instead of ‘non-partisan’ nature of our governance and the the now unconstrained administrative branch. So, yes- we need to protect all children, honor international law and fundamental American ideals and principles. Yes, we need another legislative ‘nit’ since our governance is broken and will take some time to restore, if it can be restored.
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    If these departments are not already doing this, then it proves that the government pretty much sucks at everything it tries to manage. Abolish these money wasting departments and let states deal with their own problems.
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    Hopefully DHS also applies this to children held at the border in cages? “Children are the most vulnerable during disasters, and this bipartisan bill would ensure that Homeland Security & FEMA receive feedback from experts related to their protection that could be incorporated into agency disaster planning.”
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    Well that’s a non question. Every administration until this one has done that automatically. Trump needs to be told what services are necessary because he hasn’t a clue what is necessary for others because all he thinks about is himself. Disasters are traumatic for adults. For children it’s worse. They have NO control over what happens to them.
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    It’s the right thing to do. Our nation is a nation of human rights values! You claim to be Christians, act like it. Thank you!
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    This goes without saying...doesn’t it?
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    Children should always be a top priority. In any situation they are the most vulnerable. Their needs should be considered above all others. This includes children we are keeping in cages. Shameful and ultimately unforgivable.
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    Of course -- rather than shoving them into cages and leaving them there. Children don't have to be born in America in order to matter to the human race.
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    Yes, don't we all support taking the best care of children, no matter who they are or where they're from? If we can't protect the least of these, then how can we have hope for the future? The needs of children should always be primary when planning for disasters.
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    Duh. Does this mean they haven’t already been doing this? Disgraceful.
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    It’s sad an unborn child is more protected than one who is walking on the earth.
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    Children are our Future! They Must be Protected and Cherished.
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    This is a no brainer. Of course children must be included.
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    It’s really a no brainer that children are the most vulnerable as well as the sick and elderly!!! This has been so since the beginning!!! These issues should be already a part of the plan!!!
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    Of course! Make it official. It could clarify & speed up the already existing “developing” plans.
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    They don’t already? What the heck?
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    Yes. I support this proposal.
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    Yes I absolutely agree that children should be incorporated in disaster planning
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    Yes, I would have assumed that this was already the case but apparently not
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    Of course, the needs of children should be planned for by FEMA and Disaster Relief Plans! So should plans be included to address the needs of the handicapped and the elderly.
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