HR 808 has been on the books in Congress since at least 2007 and hasn't been voted upon yet. In February 2013, it was passed onto the appropriate committee for consideration. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and 19 other members of the House of Representatives have sponsored this bill. Among other things, this new department takes some responsibility away from the State Department with regards to disarmament, human rights and peacebuilding activities. When we focus on war as a nation, it is hopeful that some in Congress believe peace is more valuable.
There is no need for a Department of Peace and Non Violence. We must be prepared for war at all times. A division that promotes peace above all else will eventually lead us to be unprepared in a time of war. I feel that it would be government waste to create this section.
I do not believe that HR 808, a bill establishing the Department of Peace and Non Violence, should be voted on and passed. Out government is too bulky and big to begin with, adding another department will only make it worse. Furthermore, it sounds like a waste of tax payers money, given that it would probably hire people with high salaries that don't really do any real good for the people.
Unfortunately, the Department of Peace and Non-Violence is a bad idea. HR 808 shouldn't be passed, allowing this department to be formed. It serves virtually no purpose and would suck down the country's resources. Therefore, this agency is a mistake and shouldn't be allowed to be formed by HR 808.
I do not believe the bill HR 808, moving to establish the Department of Peace and Non Violence, should be voted on or passed. I believe a Department of Peace and Non Violence is non-sensical when most people would agree that, that is the common goal of most government anyway. We should not waste money deciding on these bills, much less implementing them.