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senate Bill S. 140

Reauthorizing the Coast Guard & Setting a National Standard for Ship Ballast Discharges

Argument in favor

The Coast Guard performs an essential national security service and this bill provides the authorization and resources it needs to excel in that role. A set of national standards for regulating ballast discharges by ships overseen by the Coast Guard makes more sense than a complex patchwork of state and federal rules.

Ticktock's Opinion
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01/09/2018
Yes. Allow the tribes to govern their own lands.
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David's Opinion
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01/10/2018
It’s ironic that people say the government should get out of the lives of Native Americans until the Native Americans want to do something they disagree with. Let the tribes run their reservations like they really were theirs.
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Deirdre 's Opinion
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01/10/2018
It’s their land so they should be allowed to do what they want on it
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Argument opposed

The current system of a variety of federal and state agencies regulating ships’ discharges of ballast water may be complicated, but there shouldn’t be a set of national standards enforced by the Coast Guard. This bill doesn’t provide the Coast Guard enough funding. Alternatively, it provides too much.

OlderNWiser's Opinion
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01/09/2018
At first this looked too good to be true, rectifying centuries of purposeful discrimination and oppression of Native Americans. Then came the part about the NLRB and once again it became clear who would profit. The just and equitable portion of the bill returning tribal authority to build water systems is excellent. Further undermining unions in the age of shocking disparity between those who work and those who profit obscenely from their work is not.
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Kara's Opinion
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01/10/2018
How hard is one bill, one issue? Yes to the water rights. No to dismantling labor unions. I hate this stupid government and its shady agendas buried under pretending to help.
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IllWill's Opinion
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01/09/2018
This bill needs to be separated into two parts. Obviously, Indian tribes should be able to use the WMAT money for rural water systems. However, businesses on Indian tribes should not be exempt from labor laws. Exempting businesses on Indian tribes from NLRB rules is blatantly anti-worker.
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    Yes. Allow the tribes to govern their own lands.
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    At first this looked too good to be true, rectifying centuries of purposeful discrimination and oppression of Native Americans. Then came the part about the NLRB and once again it became clear who would profit. The just and equitable portion of the bill returning tribal authority to build water systems is excellent. Further undermining unions in the age of shocking disparity between those who work and those who profit obscenely from their work is not.
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    How hard is one bill, one issue? Yes to the water rights. No to dismantling labor unions. I hate this stupid government and its shady agendas buried under pretending to help.
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    This bill needs to be separated into two parts. Obviously, Indian tribes should be able to use the WMAT money for rural water systems. However, businesses on Indian tribes should not be exempt from labor laws. Exempting businesses on Indian tribes from NLRB rules is blatantly anti-worker.
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    Typical Republican Bill! Yes to the first part, no to the last part. So sick of this crap! TWO SEPARATE BILLS!!!!!
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    This is a classic reason why politicians lose the confidence of the American people. You have something that is good and beneficial and then throw something else in with it to turn it negatively. These 2 issues should be separated and voted on separately.
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    It’s ironic that people say the government should get out of the lives of Native Americans until the Native Americans want to do something they disagree with. Let the tribes run their reservations like they really were theirs.
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    It’s their land so they should be allowed to do what they want on it
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    Oh, look at that: A provision in this bill exempting Indian tribes from labor laws! Always look at the fine print of a bill people, especially if said bill was sponsored by a Republican.
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    No to NLRB. Yes to WMAT.
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    Will someone please tell me when the American government is going to stop abusing Native Americans? Businesses dealing with Native Americans should be covered by the Labor Relations Board oversight and all other rules business are subject to in dealing with all Americans. Blatant discrimination.
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    What a ugly Trojan Horse in this bill. Union busting poison hidden in good legislation. I’m all for giving the First People their sovereign water rights, but the labor portion of this bill is shady as heck. Removing labor protections isn’t in anybody’s best interest except for money-grubbing corporations. I hate these two faced Republican bills. They offer the appearance of good and hide real evil. I cannot support the bill as it is written, no matter how I feel for the First People. ALSO WHY THE HELL ARE WE NOW TANGLING THE COAST GUARD FUNDING UP WITH THIS?!?! WRITE A SECOND FUCKING BILL YOU LAZY ASSHOLES! God, I hate these bill bundles. It’s like getting a cockroach in the soup for Christ’s sake. You have to throw the whole thing away.
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    Why take away NLRB labor regulations? To make an FTZ? Let them build it and let the people building it be protected by the same rights as every other worker.
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    My goodness! How dumb do they think the American people are? The NLAB is involved with this and that means this water deal is another string of cheap beads that removes rights to decent paying Jobs from these tribes. That's a really stinking fake deal.
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    The government needs to stay out of tribal business.
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    Make it 2 separate bills. Why should Native Americans be exempt from labor laws?
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    Yes to them deciding how to use their funds. This needs to be two separate bills.
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    Build a new water system in Flint Michigan.
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    Why can’t republicans do deprecate bills.....soooooo slimy and sneaky
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    Yes to the first part, absolutely not to the second. The government needs to stop with this crap: offering the bare minimum in exchange for forfeiting a basic right that non-tribal workers have consistent protection under. Unacceptable.
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