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17LTR-SUD on Feb 27, 2017

Report: enforcing humanitarian aid access to South Sudan
Source: South Sudan Letter
Excerpts from Letter from 12 Senators to President Trump: Since the onset of South Sudan's civil war in 2013, at least 50,000 people have been killed and approximately 3 million have fled their homes. The African Union and the United Nations have documented numerous human rights abuses and warned of potential genocide. The assaults on civilians carried out during the course of the fighting in July 2016 between government and opposition forces shocked the conscience of the world, and served to demonstrate that the August 2015 peace agreement has failed. To date, the government has not held anyone accountable for the violence, nor for attacking a U.S. diplomatic convoy.

UN peacekeepers are protecting over 200,000 people who might otherwise be dead at UN bases in South Sudan. The UN Security Council approved an additional 4,000 peacekeepers in the wake of the July violence. Unfortunately, the government continues to obstruct the deployment of these troops.

In Sudan, it is critical that we ensure that Khartoum lives up to its agreement to adhere to its ceasefires, allow free and unfettered humanitarian access to all parts of Sudan and stop supporting rebel movements in South Sudan.

Supporting argument: (Heritage Foundation, 1/22/2014): The number of casualties and refugees in South Sudan is straining government and international humanitarian efforts. Pressure must be applied to both the government of South Sudan and the rebel faction to reconcile peacefully. The U.S. has a key role to play in the mediation efforts. South Sudan is one of the largest recipients of U.S. bilateral aid in sub-Saharan Africa, and the U.S. was instrumental in helping the young country gain independence and stand up its government. The U.S. should focus now on ending the conflict, political reconciliation, and humanitarian assistance. Also see related legislation H.R.3771 on Haiti


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Question 14: Support American Exceptionalism Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Enforce humanitarian aid access to South Sudan (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 5.
  • Headline: Enforce humanitarian aid access to South Sudan (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 5 on Foreign Policy: When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
    • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
    • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
    • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
    • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
    • E: Unsure


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Democrats participating in 17LTR-SUD

Karen Bass s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic Challenger 
Chris Coons s1sDE Democratic Jr Senator 
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr Senator 



Republicans participating in 17LTR-SUD

John Boozman s1sAR Republican Jr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s1sGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 



Independents participating in 17LTR-SUD



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 6
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0


















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