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house Bill H. Res. 53

Should Congress Condemn the January 2015 Boko Haram Attacks in Baga, Nigeria?

Argument in favor

The Boko Haram attacks in January (and before) are horrible atrocities, and major violations of human rights. It’s important for people in the U.S. and across the globe to know that members of Congress cannot stand for this kind of activity.

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03/25/2015
Congress should condemn every act of terrorism, beginning with the Cultural Terrorism afoot in the U.S.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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08/04/2015
This is a terrorist organization, congress should condemn all of its actions.
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Paparose's Opinion
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04/25/2015
The Muslims have a doctrine that teaches them to lie to all nonbelievers and to cheat them and do anything that can hurt them and it is not sin. If a nonbeliever refuses to convert their doctrine teachers them to force us to convert, pay a tax, or be put to death. They believe that it is their job to kill all Jewish people and they are killing Christians just for their belief. And my opinion, this negates their rights and we should shun them completely. All Americans should read the Koran and the Hadith. Sun Tzu said, "Know your enemy as well as you know yourself and you will defeat him." It is time for us to recognize our enemy, call him out and defeat him. It is time for us to regain our pride in being American!
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Oh, yeah, having a bunch of lawmakers in suits in a white marble building poo-pooing their behavior is totally going to stop AK-toting extremists halfway around the world, from kidnapping and murdering even more people. Totally.

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03/24/2015
Just no point. I don't blame you for voting yes, I just don't think there's a point to it.
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11/20/2015
People like this only respond when they have a fully loaded assault rifle pointed in their face.
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03/26/2015
It's horrific, yes but why do we need to waste valuable time when there are so many more pertinent things that need down. Half the time I feel this kind of thing is all Congress does. It's a 'feel good' resolution that waste time for other things like budgets and figuring out what to do about the miserable state of health care.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 53?

This resolution seeks to express Congress' disapproval of the Boko Haram attacks on January 3, 2015 in the village of Baga, Nigeria. After outlining the details of the attacks, the resolution goes on to:

  • Express support for the people of the village harmed in the attacks;
  • Condemn Boko Haram;
  • Recommend that the Nigerian government strengthen its abilities to defend its citizens;
  • Offer U.S. support in finding the young women abducted by Boko Haram;
  • Encourage Nigeria to work with neighboring nations to find them.

Impact

The Nigerian government, the families of people killed by Boko Haram, Boko Haram, the U.S. military.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 53

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth:

As a resolution, this has no legal power. The President doesn’t have to sign it. The Senate doesn’t even have to vote on it. It’s really just kind of an opinion.


It does have bipartisan support — well, eight Democrats and Will Hurd (R-TX). As a former undercover CIA agent, he knows a thing or two about security.


Of Note:

Boko Haram is a Nigerian paramilitary group that has been active since the early 2000s, but has become more of a threat in the last five years. During that time, an estimated 10,000 people have been killed in clashes between the group and Nigerian forces in the country’s Northeastern region. The conflict has displaced another 1.5 million.


In 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped 270 girls from a boarding school in Chibok, in Northeastern Nigeria. The Nigerian government still doesn't know where they are. That same year, the group was linked to a bombing at a mall in the national capital of Abuja that killed 21 people.


On January 3, 2015, a group of Boko Haram fighters attacked the town of Baga. According to the resolution, most of the people killed in the attack were women, children and the elderly.


Since the Baga attack, however, Nigeria has made progress against the group. In February, the Nigerian government took back Baga, and a Nigerian general told Reuters that “There are only mopping up exercises left to do.”  In an interview with the BBC on March 20, 2015, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said that he thought government forces could defeat the group in a month.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) Press Release

Al Jazeera (Context)

ENews Park Forest


Summary by James Helmsworth

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Diario Critico Venezuela

Official Title

Condemning the cowardly attacks on innocent men, women, and children in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram and urging a peaceful and credible national election.

simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed March 23rd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
    IntroducedJanuary 27th, 2015

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    Congress should condemn every act of terrorism, beginning with the Cultural Terrorism afoot in the U.S.
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    Just no point. I don't blame you for voting yes, I just don't think there's a point to it.
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    People like this only respond when they have a fully loaded assault rifle pointed in their face.
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    It's horrific, yes but why do we need to waste valuable time when there are so many more pertinent things that need down. Half the time I feel this kind of thing is all Congress does. It's a 'feel good' resolution that waste time for other things like budgets and figuring out what to do about the miserable state of health care.
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    This is a terrorist organization, congress should condemn all of its actions.
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    The Muslims have a doctrine that teaches them to lie to all nonbelievers and to cheat them and do anything that can hurt them and it is not sin. If a nonbeliever refuses to convert their doctrine teachers them to force us to convert, pay a tax, or be put to death. They believe that it is their job to kill all Jewish people and they are killing Christians just for their belief. And my opinion, this negates their rights and we should shun them completely. All Americans should read the Koran and the Hadith. Sun Tzu said, "Know your enemy as well as you know yourself and you will defeat him." It is time for us to recognize our enemy, call him out and defeat him. It is time for us to regain our pride in being American!
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    This is really the job of POTUS to condemn the attacks. But then, our socialist president would never speak ill of a Muslin.
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    WE SHOULD PUT THE FEAR OF GOD INTO EVERYONE WHO COMMITS AN ACT OF TERRORISM IN THE NAME OF ALLAH!
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    What good does it do? Moving on.
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    If you want it to stop then act not pass hot air. Air & words mean nothing in this situation. It will only stop with a decisive and ruthless attack on the criminals that leaves a message to the world: You pull shit like this we will stalk you to the ends of the Earth to torture you to death in the most painful and slowest way possible. We will violate your bodies and your soul to the point where your God will have no choice but to send you to Hell.
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    They will not respond to talk...only brute force. We do not want to fight all these people, but we must, because no other country has the might of the U.S. Perhaps it is time to re-introduce the draft and make military service mandatory to young men and women.
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    Really! Congressional acknowledgement? We sure need a LEADER in the White House again.
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    This Christian holocaust needs to end.
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    By not condeming the attack, we as a country (and even as a moral body of humans) are guilty of omission. Condeming these attacks, while clearly not the only sanction against the people
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    Don't waste your time and the tax payer dime with meaningless games. No self respecting terrorist is going to give two $h!t$ about what we are offended about. Radical Islam only respects three things: their Koran, their prophet and superior firepower. I'll let you all decide which of these we should give them.
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    We're America. We hunt terrorists. That's just one of those things that we're the best at, and that our top-tier fighting men love to do. Send 300 SEALs and Group guys down there and CLEAN IT UP IN ONE DAY.
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    Not our battle.
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    Not that the vote will make any material difference, but at least take a position.
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    Why not? A horrible act by horrible people, U.S. citizens need to be aware of the horrible atrocities Boko Haram have committed.
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    why are we talking about this -- vote yes and move on...
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