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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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    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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