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house Bill H.R. 3030

Should Preventing Genocide & Other Atrocities be a Core U.S. National Security Interest?

Argument in favor

Genocide and other mass atrocity crimes have brought incomparable suffering to people around the world, and as a world-leader the U.S. should do all it can to ensure that crimes against humanity like the Holocaust never happen again.

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07/17/2018
Let's start with the US. Separating families, reassigning children, and incarceration of specific races all count as UN asserted forms of genocide. Better get working on fixing that.
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IllWill's Opinion
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07/17/2018
Yes, and the first thing that the DNI should recommend is that U.S. stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia which the Saudis are using to commit atrocities against civilians in Yemen!
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viceabbess's Opinion
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07/17/2018
I hope the first one we work on is that of indigenous Americans. Then that of the Palestinians. I’m a voter in Ohio’s 12th congressional district and I support this bill.
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Argument opposed

While it’s important to prevent genocide and other mass atrocity crimes around the world, it shouldn’t be a formal part of America’s core national security interests of considered a moral responsibility for the nation.

Dicr's Opinion
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07/18/2018
Earlier it was a bill to express something, now it’s a bill to state something. Let me express my thoughts once again with this statement. Republicans quit wasting time and money with useless bills trying to prove you’re relevant. You want to impress me, do something about Trump.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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07/17/2018
Instead of trying to save the world against every aspect there is out there. Look within, we have many troubles here. I am against genocide of any type but why do we need another paid committees? Spend some of that here on our own issues.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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07/18/2018
Quit spending time in things that do nothing to control Trump & actually do something for the people of this country. Say impeach Trump for Treason. LOCK HIM UP. LOCK HIM UP !!!
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What is House Bill H.R. 3030?

This bill — the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018 — would state that it’s U.S. policy to regard the prevention of genocide and other atrocity crimes as a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility. The State Dept. would be instructed to establish a Mass Atrocities Task Force to strengthen the agency’s efforts and assist other agencies’ atrocity prevention prevention and response activities. Foreign Service Officers would receive training in conflict and atrocity crimes prevention.

The Director of National Intelligence would be encouraged to include in their annual testimony to Congress regarding threats to U.S. national security: 1) a review of countries and regions at risk of atrocity crimes; and 2) specific countries at immediate risk of atrocity crimes, including most likely pathways to violence, specific risk factors, potential perpetrators, and at-risk target groups.

Additionally, a Complex Crises Fund (CCF) would be established to help the State Dept. and the U.S. Agency for International Development to support programs and activities to prevent or respond to emerging or unforeseen complex crises overseas, including atrocity crimes. Funding couldn’t be dispensed from the CCF for lethal assistance or to respond to natural disasters.

The bill is named after Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his work campaigning for the victims of oppression around the world.

Impact

Actual and would-be victims of genocide and other mass atrocity crimes; regimes or groups that carry out such crimes; and the U.S. government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3030

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have an insignificant cost given the ease of adding to existing training materials.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) introduced this bill to improve and strengthen U.S. efforts to prevent genocide and other mass atrocity crimes around the world:

“From the Holocaust to South Sudan, from Burma to Syria, the world has witnessed far too many genocides and other mass atrocity crimes. The true horror is that most of these devastating crises are preventable. My heart aches for those whose lives are being torn apart, and the fact that over 65 million people are currently fleeing preventable crises makes clear that the U.S. Government must improve its response to these conflicts.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) added:

“Atrocities and violence committed over the last century and today, make it all the more important that our government and leaders take steps to detect and prevent atrocities before they start in the first place. Once major conflict breaks out it becomes much more difficult to address so developing the structures needed to prevent conflict is essential. We need a framework to stop violence before it spirals out of control and leads to more suffering.”

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 117 bipartisan cosponsors, including 82 Democrats and 35 Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Lt. Arnold E. Samuelson / Public Domain)

AKA

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018

Official Title

To help prevent acts of genocide and other atrocity crimes, which threaten national and international security, by enhancing United States Government capacities to prevent, mitigate, and respond to such crises.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed July 17th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 406 Yea / 5 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
    IntroducedJune 22nd, 2017

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    Let's start with the US. Separating families, reassigning children, and incarceration of specific races all count as UN asserted forms of genocide. Better get working on fixing that.
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    Earlier it was a bill to express something, now it’s a bill to state something. Let me express my thoughts once again with this statement. Republicans quit wasting time and money with useless bills trying to prove you’re relevant. You want to impress me, do something about Trump.
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    Yes, and the first thing that the DNI should recommend is that U.S. stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia which the Saudis are using to commit atrocities against civilians in Yemen!
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    I hope the first one we work on is that of indigenous Americans. Then that of the Palestinians. I’m a voter in Ohio’s 12th congressional district and I support this bill.
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    Upholding human rights should be at the core of any first world country and really every country in the world.
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    By all means Yes, the preventing of any and all Gencide and Atrocities of any mannaner replace, should be of U.S. National Security interests ..........
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    There is no cause more noble and justified than preventing mass human suffering. Prevention doesn’t make the news or generate short-term political wins, but history is unkind to those who choose to do nothing.
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    OF COURSE
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    Instead of trying to save the world against every aspect there is out there. Look within, we have many troubles here. I am against genocide of any type but why do we need another paid committees? Spend some of that here on our own issues.
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    Quit spending time in things that do nothing to control Trump & actually do something for the people of this country. Say impeach Trump for Treason. LOCK HIM UP. LOCK HIM UP !!!
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    Should have been always!
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    Yes, we should work to prevent genocide at home, and then abroad.
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    How could anyone think that we shouldn't make genocide and war crimes, of which we as a country are massively guilty , a part of our core national security ? When we see evil and don't react except to use it as an excuse to invade, usually for oil and not human lives, we make enemies around the world. It's time. For once, fr once can't we do the right thing on the world stage?
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    How insulting. A bill named after a Holocaust survivor. While this traitor in chief sets up camps to detain and separate imigrant families indefinitely. Compassion starts at home and the toddler in chief is a treasonist that has no compassion for anyone
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    The World’s policeman. NOT !
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    Of course it should be.
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    Thanks for voting for this bill. Now make sure families are reunited right away.
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    Useless pandering from the exact sort of spineless bootlickers that "just followed orders," in WWII. The Repiblicans have been aiding and abetting the rise of fascism and Nazism in America and have almost led us up to the point of no return. Find your courage, stand up and do the right thing.
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    Preventing or Committing?
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    Call it ‘policing the world’ if you must, but preventing international atrocities, especially those stemming from tyrannical/dictatorial rule, is in our best interest; by putting an end to and preventing the spreading of oppression we ensure our own national security in that we don’t allow the power and influence of such rule from spreading.
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