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house Bill H. Res. 689

Should Congress Offer Condolences to Ecuadorians Recovering From a Devastating Earthquake?

Argument in favor

The people of Ecuador are grieving and dealing with death and destruction. Congress should acknowledge their losses and offer condolences.

operaman's Opinion
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04/23/2016
Rather than condolences, maybe water or food stuff including MRE's. Maybe send a hospital ship, but No cash.
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Loraki's Opinion
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04/23/2016
I can't believe I live in a country where you even have to ask this question! "There but for the grace of God go I...." It could just as easily have happened to us! And don't forget: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." (Luke 6:31 NKJV paraphrased)
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Debra's Opinion
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05/02/2016
Their human suffering is tremendous! Of course, we should care!
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Argument opposed

Congress should stop wasting time on meaningless resolutions. Words will not actually do anything to help those suffering in Ecuador.

Jim2423's Opinion
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04/21/2016
No congress should not send condolences, they should be asking how can we help. Do you need our military to help with civil engineers, medics, helicopters, or supplies of food, medical, clothing and temporary shelters. Words are worthless, if you have never been through a tragedy, then you wouldn't understand and would just you were sorry. Put your money or physical help where your mouth is.
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Steven's Opinion
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04/22/2016
Use the power of the purse to send aid, condolences mean nothing.
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Tina's Opinion
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04/25/2016
The President has offered condolences for our nation. Congress needs to stop spending time on resolutions like this and actually DO its job! Figure out a way to work together and actually pass some laws for the good of the Average American and not just their Corporate Owners!
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What is House Bill H. Res. 689?

On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing at least 570 people. As of April 21, at least 155 additional Ecuadorians remained missing, 7,015 were injured, and almost 25,000 people were living in shelters.

In addition to the human toll, the earthquake destroyed homes, hospitals, roads, and businesses, and knocked out electricity and water.

This resolution expresses Congress’ condolences to and support for the people of Ecuador. It points out that approximately 700,000 Ecuadorian-Americans live in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and that these Americans are concerned about their families, friends, and loved ones back in Ecuador.

It also adds that flooding from El Niño is making search, rescue, and recovery efforts particularly difficult.

Finally, the legislation acknowledges that Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will “stand by the people of Ecuador in this difficult time and are ready to assist in any way we can.” 

It commends everyone working to assist in the wake of the earthquake, including international agencies, the U.S. Government, and nongovernment organizations.

Impact

Congress, the people of Ecuador, Ecuadorian-Americans, rescue crews, others who were affected by the earthquake

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 689

$0.00

More Information

In Depth: The earthquake is Ecuador’s deadliest since 1987, when a 7.2-magnitude earthquake killed 1,000 people.

Ecuadorian Defense Minister Ricardo Patiño told CNN the earthquake was “the worst tragedy in 60 years.” He said it would take the country years to recover.


Of Note:

Sponsoring Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) said in a press release:

“The road to recovery will be long and difficult for the people of Ecuador, and I’m pleased that the U.S. government had pledged assistance. Our resolution is a signal to the people of Ecuador that the U.S. Congress also stands with them in the wake of this tragedy.”


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Summary by Katie Rose Quandt
(Image Credit: Agencia de Noticias ANDES/ Wikimedia Commons)

Official Title

Expressing condolences to and support for the people of Ecuador following the devastating earthquake on April 16, 2016.

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      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade
    IntroducedApril 18th, 2016
    Rather than condolences, maybe water or food stuff including MRE's. Maybe send a hospital ship, but No cash.
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    No congress should not send condolences, they should be asking how can we help. Do you need our military to help with civil engineers, medics, helicopters, or supplies of food, medical, clothing and temporary shelters. Words are worthless, if you have never been through a tragedy, then you wouldn't understand and would just you were sorry. Put your money or physical help where your mouth is.
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    Use the power of the purse to send aid, condolences mean nothing.
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    The President has offered condolences for our nation. Congress needs to stop spending time on resolutions like this and actually DO its job! Figure out a way to work together and actually pass some laws for the good of the Average American and not just their Corporate Owners!
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    This does not need a vote just have the Secretary of State offer it
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    Hey "public servants", we the people are sick and tired of your meaningless words. Try actually DOING for a change
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    I can't believe I live in a country where you even have to ask this question! "There but for the grace of God go I...." It could just as easily have happened to us! And don't forget: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." (Luke 6:31 NKJV paraphrased)
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    This is so stupid. Individual politicians can send a letter if so inclined. Quit wasting time and money on empty gestures.
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    Pointless....send help.
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    Honestly, you people are hopeless. President Obama and SoS Kerry have done this. Authorize aid.
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    Actions speak louder than words; give President authority to send aid via an emergency appropriation.
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    The President can, and did, offer condolences. There's absolutely no reason for congress to waste time like this.
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    Their human suffering is tremendous! Of course, we should care!
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    What is the point of this! Stop wasting our time and deal with the real issues in our country.
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    Seems pointless.
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    The President has already done this.
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    I don't understand why this sort of time wasting exercise is constantly necessary! Do some kind of blanket "we are sorry for your loss" & let the Speaker rubber stamp it every time reality hits. Do something useful instead of wasting the nation's $$$ on housekeeping chores.
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    Of course,,, it takes an act of congress to do that know wonder you're all losers
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    Ok, so let me get this straight, why would we be asking permission to express condolences to a country for a catastrophic natural disaster they have experienced? I find there to be no harm in that. Now, if you are questioning whether we should invest huge sums of money towards this country in order for them to recover, then we would be discussing a whole different situation and therefore would require votes and resolutions in which to decide on what path we would take for these people.
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    Congresses time needed to be focused on cutting cost and finding jobs for americans
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