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senate Bill S. Res. 335

Designating the Week of Thanksgiving as “National Family Week”

Argument in favor

Designating Thanksgiving week as National Family Week is a great tradition that should be continued to encourage Americans to appreciate and spend time with their families.

Janene's Opinion
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11/23/2017
This was originally started in 1987 and has been proclaimed by every president since then. It has nothing to do with Trump per say. Also as a Native American I can say that Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the genocide of our people. Stop knocking down things that bring back the concept of strong family and tradition. If we do not fight for these things now we will become lesser for having lost this.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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11/23/2017
Sure, if it brings awareness to the importance of families. But it is a meaningless gesture considering the actions of the GOP. Facts: Food Insecurity 48.8 million Americans—including 13 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year. Food-Insecure Families Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children. Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, among households with children headed by single parents (35.1% of female-headed households with children are food-insecure) and among Black and Hispanic households. Food insecurity is most common in large cities but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities − 25 % of households with children living in large cities are food-insecure. The typical (median) food-secure household spent 27 percent more for food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and composition. 59% of food-insecure households reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP (formerly food stamps), School Lunch an
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James's Opinion
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11/23/2017
As today is Thanks giving and I value family so much as I am part of a great one! Yes! Absolutely! To those of you who do not have families or come from broken or dysfunctional ones all I can say is do your best to pull together as we pray for you!
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Argument opposed

Gestures like designating Thanksgiving week as “National Family Week” are a waste of time and don’t really encourage Americans to do whatever it is they’re intended to accomplish.

Nicole's Opinion
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11/23/2017
Are we going to celebrate it with real actions like federal maternity leave policies and support for poor families or just ceremonies held by sanctimonious old white men encouraging family values while cheating on their wives and giving tax breaks to their corporate friends?
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NorthShoreBobby's Opinion
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11/23/2017
How about “National Congress-Do-The-People’s-Business Week” instead?
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IllWill's Opinion
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11/23/2017
Stop wasting time with these feel good resolutions and actually start passing legislation that will be beneficial for American families!
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    This was originally started in 1987 and has been proclaimed by every president since then. It has nothing to do with Trump per say. Also as a Native American I can say that Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the genocide of our people. Stop knocking down things that bring back the concept of strong family and tradition. If we do not fight for these things now we will become lesser for having lost this.
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    How about LOST INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WEEK
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    Are we going to celebrate it with real actions like federal maternity leave policies and support for poor families or just ceremonies held by sanctimonious old white men encouraging family values while cheating on their wives and giving tax breaks to their corporate friends?
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    How about “National Congress-Do-The-People’s-Business Week” instead?
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    Stop wasting time with these feel good resolutions and actually start passing legislation that will be beneficial for American families!
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    How about Designating it to the Indigenous people who’s land we’ve pillaged.
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    There is real work that needs to be done. This is ridiculous.
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    Many already celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family. This is a waste of time.
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    Sure, if it brings awareness to the importance of families. But it is a meaningless gesture considering the actions of the GOP. Facts: Food Insecurity 48.8 million Americans—including 13 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year. Food-Insecure Families Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children. Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, among households with children headed by single parents (35.1% of female-headed households with children are food-insecure) and among Black and Hispanic households. Food insecurity is most common in large cities but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities − 25 % of households with children living in large cities are food-insecure. The typical (median) food-secure household spent 27 percent more for food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and composition. 59% of food-insecure households reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP (formerly food stamps), School Lunch an
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    Absolutely, let’s give great honors to the family. (As long as it doesn’t actually help any actual family, improve their situation, give any benefit to the children) Meaningless gestures for the vast majority of Americans (after all, everyone has a family of some sort) are what the Senate does best when it wants to feel good about itself and pat itself on the back. It’s the Senate’s version of a participation award.
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    This is completely unnecessary. We have much bigger things to concern ourselves with.
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    If there is to be a “National Family Week”, will there also be a “National Singles Week”?
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    No. The word "family" has been hijacked by hate groups like "Focus on the Family," so we can expect "family" to be defined as a gender-binary couple, married in a Christian ceremony, raising gender-normative kids, and "othering" all other kinds of "families." These hateful people do not need federal recognition, they need censure.
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    Hey republicans, do the job we elected you to do.
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    It’s enough of a travesty that the Federal Government already defines what “family” is for Americans.
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    A national holiday would be better suited for Election Day. It would definitely allow for a higher voter turnout, if jobs and other commitments get in the way on the day of an election.
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    Seriously??? This is what’s being discussed? Come on- waste of time. I’m pretty sure there are bigger things to worry about than starting a “National Family Week”... ridiculous...
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    Another great reason for Senate not to meet, Congressmen to take time off, and Lawmakers in general to procrastinate working on real issues while the American people continue at their real jobs.
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    And here comes the "family values" party again with more useless legislation. Someone needs to tell them that it's easier to be known for "family values" if they stop doing the following: stop sexually harassing people and doing everything possible to sweep their actions under the rug. You don't need that secret fund to pay people off, if you don't harass people to start with. This would also save tax payer money. Stop promoting an idealized and unrealistic picture of "family". This is discrimination. Making a week to "celebrate family" but not addressing things like domestic violence and child abuse is nothing less than hypocrisy. You can't fix what's broken by ignoring it and pretending everything is wonderful. This contributes to escalating abuse and worse. Stop trying to legislate religious beliefs. There is a reason the founders included separation of church and state. Not everyone thinks the same. We have a day to "celebrate" mothers, and another for fathers, but a week to focus on family? Once again priorities are severely skewed.
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    A Thanksgiving week should be a week of gratitude and recompense to the indigenous people - and an acknowledgment of how we must tell the Truth to heal our country.
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