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house Bill H.R. 5711

Blocking the Sale of Airliners to Iran

Argument in favor

It doesn’t make sense for the U.S. to allow a U.S. company to sell 80 airliners to Iran when that transaction has nothing at all to do with the nuclear deal. These are extra sanctions that should be enforced.

Loraki's Opinion
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11/15/2016
Selling Iran airliners might be good for Boeing, but in my book, it would be tantamount to subsidizing terrorism! We shouldn't be helping Iran with ANYTHING! Not until the Iranian people decide to topple their Islamic extremist government and allow more freedom and a democratic form of government.
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Brian's Opinion
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11/14/2016
Iran has shown that they have no intention of following the nuclear agreement. Additional sanctions are needed, and I believe President Trump will make sure they happen early in 2017. This is a terrorist nation that has nothing but ill-intent for America. Boeing should not be allowed to do business with this terror driven country.
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Zack's Opinion
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11/15/2016
Sure, let's add mobile missiles to their arsenal they can use to attack us again. My, how quickly we forget.
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Argument opposed

This bill would undermine the Iran nuclear agreement by punishing Iran and blocking the sale of airliners despite the U.S. having committed to ease sanctions. If this could make Iran abandon the deal, it shouldn’t advance.

Dalton's Opinion
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11/14/2016
Firstly congress blocking private businesses without good reason isn't acceptable, and selling airliners has nothing to do with the nuclear deal.
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Chris's Opinion
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11/14/2016
Blocking our country from exporting goods hurts our economy
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Frank's Opinion
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11/16/2016
Countries which trade with each other are less likely to go to war with each other. Who in Their right Mind attacks a Customer?
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What is House Bill H.R. 5711?

This bill would prohibit the Dept. of the Treasury from authorizing financial transactions related to the export of commercial airliners to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The bill was introduced in response to a $25 billion deal that Boeing made with Iran to sell 80 commercial airliners to the country’s national airline.

Impact

Boeing; Iran; the Treasury Department; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5711

$0.00
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have a negligible cost, as potential revenue or spending increases would be minimal.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) introduced this bill because he was concerned that the Obama administration’s relaxation of sanctions against Iran would allow U.S. companies to make deals that end up strengthening the Iranian military. 

He said that there was no way to ensure that the 80 planes purchased by Iran aren’t used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has been accused of being a terrorist group:

“I’m extremely concerned that by relaxing the rules, the Obama administration has allowed U.S. companies to be complicit in weaponizing the Iranian regime.”

The Obama administration issued a policy statement through the Office of Management and Budget stating the president would veto this bill if it were passed by Congress.

The House Financial Services Committee passed this bill on a party-line, 33-21 vote. It currently has one cosponsor in the House, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA).


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Dave Sizer & Altair78 / Creative Commons)

AKA

No U.S. Financing for Iran Act

Official Title

To prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from authorizing certain transactions by a U.S. financial institution in connection with the export or re-export of a commercial passenger aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed November 17th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 243 Yea / 174 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
      National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy
    IntroducedJuly 11th, 2016

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    Selling Iran airliners might be good for Boeing, but in my book, it would be tantamount to subsidizing terrorism! We shouldn't be helping Iran with ANYTHING! Not until the Iranian people decide to topple their Islamic extremist government and allow more freedom and a democratic form of government.
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    Firstly congress blocking private businesses without good reason isn't acceptable, and selling airliners has nothing to do with the nuclear deal.
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    Blocking our country from exporting goods hurts our economy
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    Countries which trade with each other are less likely to go to war with each other. Who in Their right Mind attacks a Customer?
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    I've lost count of how many bills republicans have thrown at Obama to undermine our successful negotiations. Reinstating sanctions means Iran reinstating their nuclear program! If we don't hold up to our side of the deal, neither will they. This is a perfect way to ensure our relations sour not only with Iran, but with Europe, China, Russia, and all other co-sponsors of the nuclear deal. We have successfully prevented Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons without having to yet again increase military expenditure and risk power vacuum from the air strikes Republicans wanted to implement, so this bill reflects their party putting their partisanry before U.S. foreign interest. Trump himself has walked back on calls saying he would rip up the nuclear deal, saying he will now instead build upon it after meeting with foreign policy professionals in Washington. It's amazing what professionalism can do for responsible policy.
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    Unless there is any technology that they should not have, government should not interfere with private business
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    Iran has shown that they have no intention of following the nuclear agreement. Additional sanctions are needed, and I believe President Trump will make sure they happen early in 2017. This is a terrorist nation that has nothing but ill-intent for America. Boeing should not be allowed to do business with this terror driven country.
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    As long as there is no military value with the airliners let free markets work. Iran knows if they screw this deal up and try to take these airliners and use them for the military. Their industry will lose all credibility with any foreign governments.
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    It is a positive transaction for a US company and for Iran. It helps start a positive relationship. Further it provides leverage.
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    This does not benefit the airline manufacturing industry or the Iranian people. It simply is allowing Airbus to have a monopoly in the Iranian market. Additionally, selling goods can promote a more normalization of relations.
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    Sure, let's add mobile missiles to their arsenal they can use to attack us again. My, how quickly we forget.
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    This is just silly, let them sell the planes.
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    Never help those who sponsor terror protect America from one of her greatest enemies as well as one of the biggest sponsors of state terror in the world. Not to mention they also persecute Christians, Jews, And pretty much every religious group in standing in contradiction with Islam also they persecute members of the LGBT Community they have openly proclaimed that Israel has no right to exist. Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East also on a different but not unrelated note they are also one of the few countries that allow religious freedom to its citizens without hindrance I is for this reason I believe them to be hostile and aggressive and a danger to the free world and human rights they deserve nothing and should be shunned by the world community. Thank you for reading this long post and God Bless America
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    Why does it matter if they have airplanes? Vote nay just for capitalism
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    I don't think we should jeopardize the existing nuclear deal
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    Wouldn't give Iran the affluent from my septic tank. Any all American company would thumb their nose at Iran. Let them buy AirBus. EU couldn't fill the orders to build these planes- to busy paying off Greek debt. Starve the Cancer of Iran. Or at lease pass it along to Obama as he skips out of office for another round of golf at Trump fabulous course. Typhoid Obama brought America to it's knees through DEBT.
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    Yes, Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism so absolutely yes!
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    While I don't agree with a lot of the people saying the government should stay out of the private business, especially when that business is with a foreign country, I believe more information is needed. If they are truly making strides and it is clear they are, then they shouldn't be banned from prospering from trade with us.
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    Any country who openly touts wanting to wipe a "race" off of the face of the Earth because of a "book" is a country that shouldn't be dealt with. Selling airliners to Iran won't make the US economy any stronger/better than it's current state and not selling to them won't break the back of the US economy. Iran has a "God complex" (literally) and is known to support ISIS and the extermination of all Jews. Talk about bad business ethics on our part. Who suffers most for this? The Iranian people because they are stuck under this madness.
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    Cuz further isolation will improve relations-_-
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