Foreign Policy and the Presidential Debate
Whether you watched the Presidential debate on Monday night, or need a recap, the POPVOX team has put together a list of bills related to the topics the candidates discussed. We hope you'll weigh in on these bills and send a message to Congress on POPVOX!
Issue Spotlight: Foreign Policy and the Presidential Debate
The debate included approximately 15-minute segments on a range of foreign policy topics. The moderator, Bob Schieffer of CBS News, gave each candidate initially two minutes to respond to each topic, and then opened it up to discussion. The list below is sorted by the topics chosen by Mr. Schieffer.
America's role in the world
- HR 5865 The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act to promote the growth and competitiveness of American manufacturing.
- HR 1749 The Reciprocal Market Access Act to enhance reciprocal market access for United States domestic producers in the negotiating process of bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade agreements.
- HR 6303 The Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act to establish the Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy.
- HCRes 124 Expressing the sense of the Congress that President Obama’s delays in implementing a clear mission for the American space program represent a clear threat to American exceptionalism
- S 3477 The Women, Peace, and Security Act to ensure that the United States promotes women’s meaningful inclusion and participation in mediation and negotiation processes undertaken in order to prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict and implements the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.
- HR 1532 The Race to the Top Act To provide incentives for States and local educational agencies to implement comprehensive reforms and innovative strategies that are designed to lead to significant improvement in outcomes for all students and significant reductions in achievement gaps among subgroups of students.
- HR 3012 The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act To eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants.
Our longest war - Afghanistan and Pakistan
- HR 6391 The Pakistan Terrorism Accountability Act to terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally.
- HR 5734 To provide compensation for the deadly acts by elements of the Pakistani military and intelligence services against US citizens
- HR 1530 To establish the Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group
- HR 5787 The Congressional Oversight of Afghanistan Agreements Act to provide for congressional oversight of United States agreements with the Government of Afghanistan.
- HR 5735 Provides for the establishment of a Tomb of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery for interment of cremated fragments of the remains of members of the Armed Forces killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, or a subsequent conflict when the fragments are unidentifiable by use of DNA testing or other means because of the condition of the fragments, are unclaimed, or are identified and authorized by the person designated to direct disposition of the remains for interment in such memorial.
- S 3235 The Hire at Home Act (and HR 4115): requires, as a condition on the receipt by a State of certain funds for veterans employment and training, that the State ensures that training received by a veteran while on active duty is taken into consideration in granting certain State certifications or licenses.
- S 3505 The Afghanistan Contractor Accountability Act to ensure the efficient use of taxpayer dollars in construction-related contracts for reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan by requiring reporting to Congress by Federal agencies that refuse to implement, or only partially concur with, SIGAR recommendations to seek reimbursement for failure by a contractor or subcontractor to successfully complete a contract due to poor contractor performance, cost overruns, or other reasons.
- SRes 159 honoring the members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.
- S 3429 The Veterans Jobs Corps Act to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a veterans jobs corps.
- HR 2826 The Combat Veterans Back to Work Act To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption from employer social security taxes with respect to service members and veterans, and to provide a business credit for the retention of such individuals for at least 1 year.
Red lines: Israel and Iran
- HRes 630 Expresses support for Israel and its right to self-defense against the illegal nuclear program by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- HR 4173 The Prevent Iran From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Through Diplomacy Act directs the President of the United States to appoint a high-level United States representative or special envoy for Iran for the purpose of ensuring that the United States pursues all diplomatic avenues to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, to avoid a war with Iran.
- HR 4485 The Credible Military Option to Counter Iran Act furthers the preparedness of the United States Armed Forces, in cooperation with regional allies, to prevent the Government of Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
- HR 4179 The Iran Financial Sanctions Improvement Act strengthens the multilateral sanctions regime with respect to Iran, to expand sanctions relating to the energy sector of Iran, the proliferation of weapons of mass
- HR 3783 The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act provides for a comprehensive strategy to counter Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere.
- SRes 574 Calls on the United Nations to take concerted actions against leaders in Iran for their statements calling for the destruction of another United Nations Member State, Israel.
- SCRes 23 (and HRes 271) expresses support for the State of Israel’s right to defend Israeli sovereignty, to protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, and to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within reasonable time to protect against such an immediate and existential threat to the State of Israel.
- S 1595 The Solidarity with Israel Act prohibits funding for the United Nations in the event the United Nations grants Palestine a change in status from a permanent observer entity before a comprehensive peace agreement has been reached with Israel.
- HR 4133 The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act To express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship, to direct the President to submit to Congress reports on United States actions to enhance this relationship and to assist in the defense of Israel.
The changing Middle East
- HR 5993 The Syria Non-Intervention Act to prohibit the use of funds available to the Department of Defense or an element of the intelligence community for the purpose or which would have the effect of supporting, directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Syria by any nation, group, organization, movement, or individual.
- HR 2106 The Syria Freedom Support Act To strengthen sanctions against the Government of Syria, to enhance multilateral commitment to address the Government of Syria’s threatening policies, to establish a program to support a transition to a democratically-elected government in Syria.
- HRes 687 Calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be tried before the International Criminal Court for committing crimes against humanity.
- HR 2237 The Syria Freedom Support Act To promote the strengthening of the private sector in Egypt and Tunisia.
- S 2034 The Syrian Human Rights Accountability Act to impose sanctions with respect to human rights abuses committed against the people of Syria.
- S 3551 (and HR 6511) requires investigations into and a report on the September 11-13, 2012, attacks on the United States missions in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen.
- HRes 783 Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the attacks on United States diplomats in Libya and Egypt.
- SRes 556 Expresses the sense of the Senate that foreign assistance funding to the Governments of Libya and Egypt should be suspended until the President certifies to Congress that both governments are providing proper security at United States embassies and consulates pursuant to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
- SRes 372 Recognizing the importance of the United States-Egypt relationship, and urging the Government of Egypt to protect civil liberties and cease intimidation and prosecution of civil society workers and democracy activists.
New face of terrorism
- HR 1321 The North Korea Sanctions and Diplomatic Nonrecognition Act: continues restrictions against and prohibit diplomatic recognition of the Government of North Korea.
- S 1048 The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act: expands sanctions imposed with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran, North Korea, and Syria.
- HR 2105 The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act: provides for the application of measures to foreign persons who transfer to Iran, North Korea, and Syria certain goods, services, or technology.
The rise of China and tomorrow's world
- S 3449 The China Fair Trade Act: prohibits purchases by the Federal Government of Chinese goods and services until the People’s Republic of China becomes a party to the Agreement on Government Procurement.
- HRes 356 Urges the European Union and its member states to maintain the arms embargo against the People’s Republic of China.
- HR 2909 The Emergency China Trade Act withdraws normal trade relations treatment from the products of the People’s Republic of China, to provide for a balanced trade relationship between that country and the United States.
- HR 6313 (and HRes 352) promotes peaceful and collaborative resolution of maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea and its environs and other maritime areas adjacent to the East Asian mainland.
- S 1619 The China Currency Bill provides or identification of misaligned currency, require action to correct the misalignment.
- HR 3375 To direct the President to impose duties on merchandise from the People’s Republic of China in an amount equivalent to the estimated annual loss of revenue to holders of United States intellectual property rights as a result of violations of such intellectual property rights in China.
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