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H.Res. 354: Condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 354 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.Res, 354 summarizes the incident outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017. Specifically, the resolution notes: 1) Armed members of Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail acted to suppress the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens by beating, kicking, and choking unarmed demonstrators; 2) The demonstrators did not instigate the violence and at no time was President Erdogan in danger; 3) Two Turkish security officers were briefly detained and then released as they held Derived Head of State immunity, but a joint criminal investigation into the actions by those Turkish security officers is ongoing; 4) This is one of several instances where Turkish security officials attached to President Erdogan’s protective detail physically assaulted protestors as well as journalists on U.S. soil.

This measure resolves that: 1)The right to peacefully assemble and protest are essential to the fabric of American democracy; 2) Turkish security forces acted unprofessionally and any security officials who direct, oversaw or participated in the violence against protestors should be charged and prosecuted under U.S. law; 3) U.S. Secret Service and Diplomatic Security Service at the Department of State should review the incident and confirm with Turkish security officials the expectations for operating on U.S. territory, review Diplomatic Security procedures to evaluate ways to mitigate likelihood of similar incidents in the future, and immediately request the waiver of immunity of any Turkish security detail official engaged in assault in the United State prior to their release from custody; and 4) The U.S. should take steps to strengthen freedoms for press and civil society around the world.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 92%
 
 
397
224
 
173
 
Nay 0%
 
 
0
0
 
0
 
Not Voting 8%
 
 
33
13
 
20
 

Date: Jun 6, 2017

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree, as Amended in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

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