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13-S617 on Mar 21, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Free Syria Act
Source: S.617 / H.R.1327
Congressional Summary:
  • Authorizes assistance for humanitarian activities taking place in and outside Syria, including post-transition efforts.
  • Authorizes assistance to the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) and Free Syrian Army (FSA), including non-lethal equipment and training to vetted members of the FSA.
  • Urges the US to develop a plan for securing conventional and unconventional weapons in Syria and preventing their illicit sale or transfer out of Syria.

Proponent's argument for bill:(by United Free Syria organization): House of Representatives: Free Syria Act (HR.1327):

  • Provides funding & other assistance for a peaceful, stable, and organized political transition to a democratic, inclusive government structure, as well as robust economic aid for rebuilding.
  • Permits securing and destroying chemical & biological weapons in Syria.
  • Increases humanitarian aid dramatically, and also provides for conditional, limited arming of moderate vetted opposition forces
    Senate: Syria Democratic Transition Act (S.617):
  • Provides funding and humanitarian aid, and also provides for increased non-lethal aid to the Etilaf.
  • Increases refugee aid funding
The House bill would set up a framework under which the Obama administration could deploy anti-aircraft systems to help the rebels fight off the Syrian regime's attacks from above, and assist a post-Assad transition by using sanctions relief and loans from international financial institutions to support a new transitional government. "We believe there are credible options at your disposal, including limited military options, that would require neither putting US troops on the ground nor acting unilaterally," Sens. Levin and McCain wrote. "First, we urge you to lead an effort, together with our friends and allies, to degrade the Assad regime's airpower and to support Turkey if they are willing to establish a safe zone inside of Syria's northern border."

Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.R.1327

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Question 17: Avoid foreign entanglements Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Sponsored funding and supplying the Syrian rebels (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Fund and supply the Syrian rebels (Score: -2)

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 13-S617

Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016)May 6, 2013
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland DemocratApr 8, 2013
Bob Casey s2pPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurerMar 19, 2013
Chris Coons s1oDE Democratic Jr SenatorMar 22, 2013
Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratMay 7, 2013
Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorApr 15, 2013
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)May 6, 2013
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr SenatorMay 13, 2013
Jeanne Shaheen s1oNH Democratic Sr SenatorMay 6, 2013

Republicans participating in 13-S617

Mark Kirk s1oIL Republican Jr SenatorApr 9, 2013
Marco Rubio s1oFL Republican Jr Senator (Retiring 2016)Mar 19, 2013

Independents participating in 13-S617

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 9
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0

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