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house Bill H. Res. 355

Condemning the Manchester Terror Attack and Reaffirming the Special Relationship Between Britain and the U.S.

Argument in favor

It’s a simple gesture, but the House should take a few minutes of its day to condemn the Manchester terror attack and reaffirm America’s support for the British people.

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06/07/2017
An apology to the mayor of London is in order too!
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06/05/2017
No condemnation would be complete without adding an apology for our opportunistic president's recent tweets ridiculing the mayor of London and trying to use it to pass his xenophobic and unconstitutional travel ban. Sad to see these things get politicized like this. These events are horrific and the presidents tweets make the US look shallow and self-serving.
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Kaycek1's Opinion
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06/07/2017
We need to show we stand with Great British, just as they showed they stood with us after 9/11
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Argument opposed

It may be a well-intended gesture, but this bill doesn’t really accomplish anything and the House shouldn’t spend a few minutes day on something like this.

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06/06/2017
Legislators are essentially hired as public servants to govern, not to waste taxpayer money and the governments time with empty words that look good on their voting records. We need legislators to work on the issues and address them at their roots instead of passing ego-boosters.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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06/06/2017
The Republican Party needs to get it's own house in order. In Portland an RNC County Chairman James Buchal went to an alt-right rally to recruit their members for the Republican Party. This Republican Leader also is considering using two extreme right groups, the Oath Keepers and The Three Percenters, as security at Republican rallies. Similarly If Trump had used common curtesy in his tweets instead of attacking London's Mayor and offered condolences to him and Teresa May via which ever method of communication method he chose this wouldn't even be a topic. But he had to go to his extreme right roots. If he had not done this the Republicans wouldn't be trying to make amends. The one thread through all of this is the extreme right behavior that these people tend to go. The Republicans need to stop being the party for the extreme right and try to move toward a more civil society. Now just get back to work. It doesn't appear right now that there will a budget by Sept. 30 nor will the debt ceiling be raised without closing the government or defaulting on US debt.
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06/07/2017
Waste of time and money. Britain knows we are their ally. These are the same politicians that struggle with a budget every year. Stop piddling around with this 'feel good' nonsense and get busy coming up with real, workable solutions for the issues we are facing.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 355?

This resolution would condemn the May 22, 2017 terrorist attack in Manchester, England that resulted in the tragic loss of 22 innocent lives, and express the House’s deepest sympathies to all those affected by this tragedy. It also reaffirms the special relationship between the American and British governments, the commitment to the multilateral, global fight against such violent extremists and to the defense of universal democratic values.

As a simple resolution this bill wouldn’t advance to the Senate or have the force of law if passed by the House.

Impact

The British people and the House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 355

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) introduced this bill to condemn the Manchester terror attack and reaffirm America’s unwavering support for the British people:

“One of the United States’ oldest and strongest allies is the United Kingdom. When tragedy strikes one of our countries, we reach out, offer comfort, and provide support, as old friends do. This resolution embodies the spirit of our friendship and shows we stand arm in arm, in solidarity with the British people.”

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 14 bipartisan cosponsors, including eight Republicans and six Democrats.

 

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Oren Rozen / Creative Commons)

Official Title

Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Manchester, United Kingdom, on May 22, 2017, and in London, United Kingdom, on June 3, 2017, expressing heartfelt condolences, and reaffirming unwavering support for the special relationship between our peoples and nations in the wake of these attacks.

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  • The house Passed June 6th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 397 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedMay 24th, 2017

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    An apology to the mayor of London is in order too!
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    Legislators are essentially hired as public servants to govern, not to waste taxpayer money and the governments time with empty words that look good on their voting records. We need legislators to work on the issues and address them at their roots instead of passing ego-boosters.
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    No condemnation would be complete without adding an apology for our opportunistic president's recent tweets ridiculing the mayor of London and trying to use it to pass his xenophobic and unconstitutional travel ban. Sad to see these things get politicized like this. These events are horrific and the presidents tweets make the US look shallow and self-serving.
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    We need to show we stand with Great British, just as they showed they stood with us after 9/11
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    The Republican Party needs to get it's own house in order. In Portland an RNC County Chairman James Buchal went to an alt-right rally to recruit their members for the Republican Party. This Republican Leader also is considering using two extreme right groups, the Oath Keepers and The Three Percenters, as security at Republican rallies. Similarly If Trump had used common curtesy in his tweets instead of attacking London's Mayor and offered condolences to him and Teresa May via which ever method of communication method he chose this wouldn't even be a topic. But he had to go to his extreme right roots. If he had not done this the Republicans wouldn't be trying to make amends. The one thread through all of this is the extreme right behavior that these people tend to go. The Republicans need to stop being the party for the extreme right and try to move toward a more civil society. Now just get back to work. It doesn't appear right now that there will a budget by Sept. 30 nor will the debt ceiling be raised without closing the government or defaulting on US debt.
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    Waste of time and money. Britain knows we are their ally. These are the same politicians that struggle with a budget every year. Stop piddling around with this 'feel good' nonsense and get busy coming up with real, workable solutions for the issues we are facing.
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    I agree with sending the message that the U.S. condemns the acts of terrorism and supports our British allies. However 45 needs to get on board as well by apologizing for and stopping his criticism of the London mayor!
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    UPDATED June 8, 2017 Some might say, "Hey, the Brits brought this on themselves by taking in all those Muslim 'refugees'," and to a degree, that's true! But who among us has never done a stupid thing or made an unwise decision?! What if one of YOUR family members had been among the victims?! My heart goes out to anyone who's been victimized by these EVIL DEVILS who think there is merit in killing those they consider infidels! Their religion is the exact opposite of Christianity! CHRIST doesn't teach us to murder the unbelievers! If someone rejects the Gospel of Christ Jesus, their punishment belongs to Christ Himself, who will judge all of us on the last day! OUR GOD is "...longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9 NKJV) Compare the Prince of Peace to the "religion of peace" and you can clearly see which one is peaceful and which one is not peaceful! May God comfort the families who lost loved ones or friends to Islamic terrorism! Tolerance Will Not Stop Terrorism • It is Islamic theology that drives the terrorist, and jobs, educational opportunity, and all the benefits of the West will not deter him. He is at war with the unbelievers, whether he finds them in London or Algeria. His sacred duty is holy war. By Michael Brown, June 8, 2017 At some point, leaders in the West will have to recognize that they share very little in common with the worldview of Islamic terrorists. At some point, they will have to take seriously Islamic theology and the mindset of a radical Muslim. At some point, they will have to come to grips with the fact that they cannot combat Islamic terrorism with tolerance. Better Opportunities Won’t Combat Terrorism In his significant new book, "The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology," Ibn Warraq writes: There are many contemporary political commentators and intellectuals who do not accept what seems an obvious starting point in trying to explain the behavior of Islamic terrorists, namely their beliefs, their ideology as laid down in tract after tract, statement after statement, interview after interview, and book after book — books that are the careful work of Muslim scholars of Islam, lavishly sprinkled with quotes from the Koran, which is the very word of Allah, the hadīth (the sayings and deeds of Muhammad and his Companions), the sira (life of the Prophet), all used to justify their heinous acts, even against civilians, including women, children, and the old. https://smile.amazon.com/Islam-Islamic-Terrorism-Importance-Ideology-ebook/dp/B0716B1J32/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496733436&sr=8-1&keywords=ibn+warraq+the+islam+in+islamic+terrorism Because of this, Western leaders are always looking for other causes of Islamic terrorism. The problem is unemployment. Or poverty. Or lack of education. Or the history of Western colonialism in the Muslim world. Or something else. Anything but Islamic theology and beliefs. Just last month, former Secretary of State John Kerry advised graduates of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government that the way to solve the terror problem in Middle East was to provide better educational and vocational opportunities for the youth. He said, “Surely we can begin to prevent tomorrow’s extremism by offering young people the promise of modernity and good governance, not the destruction of strapping on a suicide vest and blowing yourself up and a whole bunch of innocent people.” (He said this in the aftermath of the Manchester suicide bombing.) The reality is that many terrorists come up from upper- and middle-class families. Many are well educated (including Ph.D.’s and medical doctors). And many have all the opportunities a young person could ask for. (Remember that Osama bin Laden was a friend of Saudi royalty and came from a rich, influential Saudi family.) It is Islamic theology that drives the terrorist, and jobs, educational opportunity, and all the benefits of the West will not deter him. He is at war with the unbelievers, whether he finds them in London or Algeria. His sacred duty is holy war. Denying the Root Cause Speaking of the Charlie Hebdo slaughter in France, Ibn Warraq writes, After the massacre “White House press secretary Josh Earnest suggested that ‘these are individuals who carried out an act of terrorism, and … later tried to justify that act of terrorism by invoking the religion of Islam and their own deviant view of it.’” This sounds as if the Charlie Hebdo terrorists set out to commit a random act of violence, and then, when they realized they needed some justification afterwards, plucked “Islam” out of the air by sheer chance. Precisely. This is what our “enlightened” leaders would have us believe. These attacks have nothing to do with Islam. If we can understand what is upsetting these people, then we can live together in peace. Not so. What is upsetting them is their theology. After the most recent terrorist attack in London, major security questions are being asked. How did these terrorists slip through the cracks? Some were already known to the police and national security. Yet they were able to operate freely enough to concoct and carry out their murderous plot. One of the London terrorists previously appeared in a UK documentary called The Jihadis Next Door in which he was seen praying with an unfurled ISIS flag. Yet he was able to remain in the UK and, quite obviously, was not that closely monitored. Do the British authorities want to stop terrorism? Of course they do, with all their hearts and souls. Do they care deeply about the wellbeing of their people? Without a doubt. I’m sure many would give their lives to save the lives of others. And I imagine their system is strained to the max as they try to stay one step ahead of the killers. But that illustrates a large part of the problem. Any country that thinks it can tolerate the presence of thousands of jihadi Muslims is deceiving itself. Soon enough, blood will be shed — lots of it. Italy’s Intolerance — And Safety I just spent three days in Italy and Germany. While in Italy, I spoke with a colleague who served as a policeman for years. He had dealt with high-level security cases in the past and explained to me why, so far, Italy has not had a rash of Islamic terror attacks. (He is not boasting; rather, he is grateful.) One factor is that many Islamic immigrants pass from Africa into Italy on their way to other countries, so they are not as likely to launch an attack. They want Italy to be a safe haven for them. Another is how the military police and local police are involved in their communities, constantly gathering and sharing information. Yet another factor (only in Italy!) is that in Sicily, where I was staying, the mafia controls the building industry, including access to explosives, and they are not going to sell explosives to terrorists. Finally, there is Italy’s intolerance of radical Muslims. My friend explained that the moment someone is caught going in this direction (in other words, acting like the jihadi next door), that person is arrested and deported. This is also widely reported in the media so as to send out a warning as well. Because Italy is intolerant of this terrorist ideology, the government combats it more aggressively. This does not guarantee the nation’s safety, but it goes a long way to preserving it, since you cannot fight terrorism with tolerance. Quite the contrary. It is only a strategic, wide-ranging, and uncompromising intolerance that can combat Islamic terrorism. That will never happen as long as Western leaders refuse to recognize the Islamic roots of Islamic terror. For more from the author of “Tolerance Will Not Stop Terrorism” please click HERE: https://stream.org/tolerance-will-not-stop-terrorism/ Follow Joe Miller on Twitter HERE: http://twitter.com/JoeWMiller and Facebook HERE: http://facebook.com/JoeMillerAlaska http://joemiller.us/2017/06/tolerance-will-not-stop-terrorism/ Watch this video detailing the anti-West teaching at a prominent mosque in Manchester: https://youtu.be/LYiWWx2tIn8
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    It's not the responsibility of Congress to spend time on this type of thing. We have ambassadors. Get your rear in gear and go to work on OUR legislation.
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    We need to work together with our allies to fight Isis
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    Waste of time and tax dollars. And it's pointless given current reality.
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    Not necessary or a good use of congressional time and money, the British certainly already know where we stand and always have in modern times, the only question arose under Obama! Wasting time and money seems to be becoming a habit with do nothing achieve nothing actions. Should be embarrassed to introduce an empty piece like this!
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    Our allies need to be reassured that we stand with them and that the "man baby" does not speak for the 75 percent of American citizens that did not vote him in office.
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    Now more that ever our British allies need to know we stand with them as despicable acts of terror continue to threaten the free world.
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    I say no because it's useless and if we push a bill through congress every time a terrorist attack happens in an allied nation, it's a waste of time and taxpayer money.
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    Looks like Gregory Meeks (D-NY) wants his name on legislation. He is going to be a busy Democrat recognizing all these European countries under Islamic Terrorism.
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    Although I can see why this is something that Congress would want to do-distance themselves from 45, it is simply a waste of time and money and will at best be seen as disingenuous. The time for this was when it happened, not days later when the president has already denounced the handling of the act by the Mayor of London, not when he's made an ass of himself again before all of Europe by not sending at least condolences. Not now when half of the U.K. Is calling for Trumps invitation to visit to be rescinded. We no longer have a special relationship with GB. They make fun of us. They hate Trump. Can't blame them, so do I. But really what do you hope to prove with this dog and pony show? They know you don't mean it. And Trump will tell them so again tomorrow.
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    Although we should always support our allies and condemn terrorist activities, why does this have to be a house resolution.
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    If for no other reason than to try and counterbalance the stupidity of 45.
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    To quote Samantha: Yes, we can't leave it to Donald Trump's tweets to represent us.
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