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2243Congressman Jim Renacci "Responding to your message," re: The Humanitarian Assistance Act

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  • don bryant
    Feb 7, 2014


      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: "Congressman Jim Renacci" <oh16jrima@...>
      Date: Feb 7, 2014 6:01 PM

      > Dear Don,
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      > Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3526, the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act of 2013. Your views are important to me as I work to effectively represent you and Ohio's 16th Congressional District.
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      > H.R. 3526 was introduced by Representative Christopher Smith on November 18, 2013. If enacted, this legislation would express the sense of Congress that humanitarian organizations acting in good faith and with the appropriate restrictions and controls in place should not be prevented from providing aid to civilian populations before or early on in humanitarian crises, such as in the famine in al-Shabaab-controlled areas of Somalia. It would also:
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      > Amend the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to permit, under specified conditions, persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction to enter into transactions with certain sanctioned foreign persons that are customary, necessary, and incidental to the donation or provision of goods or services to prevent or alleviate the suffering of civilian populations. 
      > Direct the Secretary of State to establish an Advisory Council on United States Policy Related to Non-Governmental Activities to Prevent and Respond to Human Suffering in Areas Affected By Certain Sanctioned Foreign Persons. 
      > Amend the federal criminal code to exclude from the definition of "material support or resources" engaging in speech or communication with a terrorist organization to prevent or alleviate the suffering of a civilian population, including speech or communication to reduce or eliminate the frequency and severity of violent conflict and reducing its impact on the civilian population.
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      > H.R. 3526 has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee for further review and debate. While I do not serve on either Committee, I will keep your thoughts in mind should this bill come before the full House for a vote. 
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      > I would like to thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me on H.R. 3526. In the future I encourage you to visit my website www.renacci.house.gov where you can email me any other concerns that you have. If you would like to stay up to date with what I am doing in the 16th District and in Washington, follow me on Facebook and Twitter to receive frequent updates at www.facebook.com/repjimrenacci and www.twitter.com/repjimrenacci.
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      > Sincerely,
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      > Congressman Jim Renacci
      > Member of Congress
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