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house Bill H.R. 601

$15.2 Billion in Disaster Relief, Plus Gov't Funding and a Debt Limit Increase Through December

Argument in favor

This bill makes an initial $15.2 billion in relief immediately available in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to ensure that FEMA can fund all current disaster needs, while also preventing a government shutdown and default through December.

Tara's Opinion
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01/24/2017
This is the kind of forward thinking, global-relationship-building, positive-future-creating action we need to see more of! To create stronger economies and families we must educate and empower women!
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Rachel's Opinion
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01/24/2017
When women rise, nations rise. In a global economy, we need an educated world for the benefit of ourselves and other nations.
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Amy's Opinion
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01/24/2017
This is a very important issue. As someone who works in developing countries, I've seen the positive impacts of women and girls' education on entire communities.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t spend this money without finding ways to offset the increase by reducing other spending. Lawmakers shouldn't combine the issues of disaster relief, funding the government, and raising the debt limit

Allison's Opinion
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01/24/2017
A systemic approach would be more effective long-term. Foreign aid is simply a bandaid solution and the US gov is extremely inefficient at funding these kinds of projects. If you support girls' education in developing countries, contribute to an NGO that works on the ground with the involvement of local people that will contribute to a more sustainable solution.
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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01/24/2017
This sounds like it's supposed to be a debate over educating girls in developing countries, but that is misleading. The fundamental debate of this legislation is over the effectiveness and justification of foreign aid. Therefore I say no because foreign aid fails on both of these items. Foreign aid to any country inherently involves the theft of money from citizens of this country. We should not be sending any money to any country. It's welfare on an international level and breeds dependence. I wish them all the best, I really do, and individuals are more than welcome to send their own funds voluntarily, but foreign aid is morally wrong, no matter how noble the intended recipient cause may be. It still requires forced participation and funding, which is immoral. Besides, if you want to find effective ways of reducing poverty in the developing world, foreign aid is clearly not the way to go. Check out the documentary Poverty, Inc. We're not doing the target people any good by flooding them with American dollars that displace local investment and keep local enterprise from flourishing, and we're not doing right by our own citizens by forcing their participation in this ineffective practice. I cannot help but conclude that foreign aid is not an appropriate, justifiable, or effective long-term solution to issues of poverty.
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operaman's Opinion
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01/24/2017
When the children of US citizens lack critical thinking skills in Math, Reading and History, then NO. I'm with Trump's America First Program. And please point me towards the Constitution or any Amendment creating schools for children in foreign countries. Also, just what countries would have their "democracy enhanced?"
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    This is the kind of forward thinking, global-relationship-building, positive-future-creating action we need to see more of! To create stronger economies and families we must educate and empower women!
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    A systemic approach would be more effective long-term. Foreign aid is simply a bandaid solution and the US gov is extremely inefficient at funding these kinds of projects. If you support girls' education in developing countries, contribute to an NGO that works on the ground with the involvement of local people that will contribute to a more sustainable solution.
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    When women rise, nations rise. In a global economy, we need an educated world for the benefit of ourselves and other nations.
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    This is a very important issue. As someone who works in developing countries, I've seen the positive impacts of women and girls' education on entire communities.
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    Female education had been shown to be instrumental in raising a community's economic level.
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    This sounds like it's supposed to be a debate over educating girls in developing countries, but that is misleading. The fundamental debate of this legislation is over the effectiveness and justification of foreign aid. Therefore I say no because foreign aid fails on both of these items. Foreign aid to any country inherently involves the theft of money from citizens of this country. We should not be sending any money to any country. It's welfare on an international level and breeds dependence. I wish them all the best, I really do, and individuals are more than welcome to send their own funds voluntarily, but foreign aid is morally wrong, no matter how noble the intended recipient cause may be. It still requires forced participation and funding, which is immoral. Besides, if you want to find effective ways of reducing poverty in the developing world, foreign aid is clearly not the way to go. Check out the documentary Poverty, Inc. We're not doing the target people any good by flooding them with American dollars that displace local investment and keep local enterprise from flourishing, and we're not doing right by our own citizens by forcing their participation in this ineffective practice. I cannot help but conclude that foreign aid is not an appropriate, justifiable, or effective long-term solution to issues of poverty.
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    The social and economic benefits of empowering women and young girls all around the world, especially in those countries that have a long history of suppressing and discriminating against women, are monumental. It is the just thing to do and comes with real tangible benefits for our communities.
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    Knowledge is power, women and girls everywhere should have the best opportunities possible to better themselves
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    Oppression of women - including denying them basic fundamental rights like access to an education - is part of what fuels the global terrorism epidemic that we're battling right now. We need to support and uphold the rights of women and girls to an education as part of our war on terror.
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    When the children of US citizens lack critical thinking skills in Math, Reading and History, then NO. I'm with Trump's America First Program. And please point me towards the Constitution or any Amendment creating schools for children in foreign countries. Also, just what countries would have their "democracy enhanced?"
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    I live abroad and cannot emphasize enough the importance of education for women and girls around the world. Kindly vote Yes!
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    Education empowers women, inspires self-confidence, and increases their independence. This is the path to improving their socioeconomic status.
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    I would much prefer that our nation spend money offering people the help they need rather than dropping bombs or sending troops. It costs less, both morally and financially, and the returns are far, far greater.
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    I oppose any expansion of US foreign aid. Much better would be to let the taxpayers keep the money they earn and donate to charities they like. Charities do much more good around the world than foreign aid that, more often than not, ends up benefitting dictators and warlords.
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    Yes!! Why is this even a question? I would not reelect any representative who says no to this bill. Education is a basic right and when women succeed, we all succeed (President Obama). Debate over bills involving COMMON SENSE and ETHICS and EQUALITY like this one are why a million women marched on D.C. And all 7 continents last weekend. Remember your daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers who were given ad education. Remember how different their lives would be without it because there are millions of girls in undeveloped countries living without an education in much more impoverished and harder lifestyles. Thank you! Please vote for this!
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    Literacy, sex education and reproductive freedom (birth control) are the keys to giving women equal opportunity. Micro-loans and access to capital are the vehicles by which they can create wealth and drive towards financial independence. Lets support our sisters around the world.
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    Women's rights are human rights
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    Education for women and girls should be a basic right.
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    Educating women has significant positive effects for the whole family and society. Its one of those most sure fire cost effective ways to raise standards of living.
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    Why is this even a question? ALL girls need education!
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