A Resolution Concerning the Authorization for Use of Military Force 1. Whereas, On September 18, 2001, the United States Congress passed the Authorization for 2. Use of Military Force with only one dissenting vote; and 3. Whereas, this resolution authorized the President of the United States to use “all necessary 4. and appropriate force” in order to eliminate the authors of the September 11 attacks and 5. prevent future terrorist attacks; and 6. Whereas, the resolution provides the statutory basis for the Bush administration‟s military 7. “War on Terror;” and 8. Whereas, the resolution gives unchecked discretion to the President to determine which 9. nations, organizations, and persons were responsible for the September 11 attacks and may 10. commit such attacks in the future; and 11. Whereas, the Bush administration has used this broad authorization as a pretext to establish 12. military regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to indefinitely detain terror suspects as 13. “enemy combatants” without formal legal charge; and 14. Whereas, the military approach to terrorism has proven ineffective at increasing the security 15. of the United States and harmful to civilian populations worldwide; and 16. Whereas, the prosecution of the “War on Terror” has alienated traditional allies of the 17. United States and destroyed American standing in the Arab and Muslim world, therefore 18. Be it resolved, by the Student Congress here assembled that the Authorization for Use of 19. Military Force of September 18, 2001, shall be repealed, thus ending the military “War on 20. Terror.” A Resolution Concerning Capital Punishment in America 1. Whereas, the death penalty is a widely used punishment for capital murder in the U.S. today, and 2. Whereas, killing another is an unjust punishment for killing, and 3. Whereas, the death penalty does not deter crime, and 4. Whereas, there are many problems in our judicial system exacerbated by the death penalty , and 5. Whereas, the death penalty may be unconstitutional under Amendments 4 and 8 of the U.S. 6. Constitution, and 7. Whereas, life imprisonment constitutes an appropriate punishment for the crime of first-degree 8. murder, therefore 9. Be it resolved, by the Student Congress here assembled that capital punishment should be 10. abolished in the United States of America. A Resolution Concerning Medical Advertising for Prescription Drugs 1. Whereas, the majority of American citizens are not educated enough to make safe and 2. beneficial decisions concerning medical treatment; and 3. Whereas, medical advertisement concerning prescription drugs prey on the uniformed 4. citizen; and 5. Whereas, unnecessary deaths can be attributed to the misuse of prescription drugs, and 6. Whereas, only medical professionals are qualified to diagnose illnesses and prescribe 7. treatment and medication, therefore 8. Be it resolved by the Student Congress here assembled that medical advertising of 9. prescription drugs be banned and public advertising be limited to non-prescriptive drugs. A Resolution Concerning the Detention of Alien Children 1. Whereas, unaccompanied alien children are detained for months or even years without 2. access to lawyers or without having been charged, and 3. Whereas, such children are placed in secure facilities with adults and juvenile offenders 4. placing them in grave danger of sexual and physical abuse, and 5. Whereas, the physiological and emotional effects on a child in secure detention, alone and 6. often unable to speak the language can be devastating, and 7. Whereas, the United States is violating international and domestic law by detaining these 8. children in violation of their human rights, and 9. Whereas, most unaccompanied alien children have adult family members or friends willing 10. to care for them, therefore 11. Be it resolved by the Student Congress here assembled that the United States federal 12. government be required to end the detention of unaccompanied alien children without 13. charge in the United States. A Resolution Concerning the Pledge of Allegiance 1. Whereas, The clause of Separation of Church and State is a fundamental concern of the 2. United States Constitution and a necessity to ensure the liberty of its people, and 3. Whereas, the First Amendment guarantees religious freedom, and 4. Whereas, freedom of religion necessitates freedom from religion, and 5. Whereas, the Pledge of Allegiance is a universally known statement of the beliefs shared by 6. all United States citizens, and 7. Whereas, the pledge‟s intent as a statement unifying all citizens is negated by the 8. imposition of personal conviction upon the public, and 9. Whereas, such imposition alienates those it sought to unite, infringing not only upon its 10. own purpose but also upon the previous assumption of an individual‟s free religious 11. preference, and 12. Whereas, the words “under God” assign religious conviction to an all-encompassing 13. statement of underlying convictions for a general, but democratic, public, and 14. Whereas, this phrase is not a historical salute to the nation‟s religious founders, but rather 15. an outdated, frenzied relic of the Cold War, therefore 16. Be it resolved by the Student Congress here assembled that the words “under God” be 17. removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. A Bill to Increase Liberties 1. Be It Enacted by this Student Congress Assembled that: 2. Section 1. This act shall be known as the United and Strengthening America by Liberties for 3. Individuals and Businesses Ensuring Rights and Teaching Individuals and Entities 4. Success Act, aka USA LIBERTIES Act. 5. Section 2. This act shall repeal the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and its successors and the 6. USA VICTORY Act and its successors. 7. Section 3. This act shall provide guaranteed constitutional protections and assurances for all 8. “enemy combatants,” ensuring that all due process is provided to them by reducing 9. executive power to undercut civil rights and liberties. 10. Section 4. This act shall force repatriation of “enemy combatants” and ensure constitutional 11. due process to those currently held without access to the rights to an attorney, 12. a trial by peers, to confront witnesses. 13. Section 5. This act shall give the authority to the Judicial Branch of government through the 14. Department of Justice to enforce the individual rights and liberties of any 15. person or entity suspected of any criminal activity. 16. Section 6. All acts or parts of acts in conflict with these provisions are hereby repealed. The 17. provisions for this act are severable; should any part of this act be declared 18. unconstitutional, the remaining provisions shall stand. 19. Section 7. This act shall go into effect upon passage. A BILL EXPANDING SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION 1. Be it enacted by the Student Congress here assembled that: 2. Section 1. All individuals over the age of eighteen but less than twenty-six (regardless of 3. gender) will be required to register for the Selective Service program 4. Section 2. Exemptions are available for non-citizens and incarcerated or hospitalized 5. individuals. 6. Section 3. The registration period for selective service will begin 60 days before and extend 7. 60 days after the individual‟s 18th birthday. 8. Section 4. Conscientious Objectors must present themselves to a local selective service 9. board for validation. Degrees of service will vary and depend on the ruling of said 10. board. Conscientious Objection will not exempt individuals from service, but rather 11. find a more effective place to apply them in accordance to their objections. 12. Section 5. Any individual who fails to register for selective service or file as a conscientious 13. objector may be: 14. A. Prosecuted and if convicted, fined up to $250,000 or sentenced up to five (5) 15. years in prison. 16. B. Denied federal jobs, training and/or federal loans 17. Section 6. All sections of this bill are to take effect January 1, 2009, and are to apply to 18. those who reach eighteen on or after this day. A Resolution Concerning Diplomatic Immunity 1. Whereas, there are several cases of protected diplomats who have violated the laws of a 2. host country, and 3. Whereas, protected diplomats have received immunity for acts of espionage, smuggling, 4. murder, rape, and child custody violations, and 5. Whereas, a host country is limited in the type and degree of punishment it can dispense with 6. a protected diplomat, and 7. Whereas, a host country‟s usual limit in its punishment is the ability to inform the 8. diplomat‟s nation that the diplomat is no longer welcome, and 9. Whereas, the diplomat‟s country is often negligent at administering punishment once the 10. diplomat returns to his/her native country, and 11. Whereas, lenient consequences toward diplomats who break the law can compromise the 12. national security of the United States, therefore 13. Be It Resolved by this Student Congress assembled that diplomatic immunity will be 14. banned in the United States. A BILL TO INCREASING EMPLOYER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PENSIONS 1. Be It Enacted by the Student Congress here assembled that: 2. Section 1: Public and private enterprises offering pension benefits to employees shall be 3. responsible for necessary and proper funding of the pension fund. 4. Section 2: Public and private enterprises offering pension benefits to employees that file for 5. bankruptcy protection or restructuring, or cease business operations prior to 6. paying out benefits to current employees or to current benefits recipients 7. shall be required to continue providing benefits by: 8. A. In the event of standard termination, paying for private pension 9. insurance to guarantee continued funding of the plan to recipients; 10. B. In the event of distress termination, including pension benefit expenses 11. in the restructuring of the company to ensure continued funding; 12. Section 3: Failure of an enterprise to demonstrate adequate funding of the pension plan shall 13. result in a tax penalty charge of 10% on all profits. 14. Section 4: Failure of an enterprise to demonstrate adequate insurance of the pension plan 15. shall result in mandatory assignment to an insurance plan to be selected by the 16. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). 17. Section 5: The federal government shall restructure the current Pension Benefit Guaranty 18. Corporation to monitor compliance of all public and private enterprises with new 19. regulations. 20. Section 6: Pension benefits currently under the supervision of the PBGC shall continue 21. under current regulations through the standard term of the plan. A BILL INSTITUTING A ROOM AND BOARD FEE FOR FEDERAL INMATES 1. Be it enacted by the Student congress here assembled that: 2. Section 1: all individuals who are sentenced to serve time in a Federal Prison will now be 3. charged a “Room and Board Fee” (RBF). 4. A) Federal Prison inmates will pay a sum of thirty U.S. dollars ($30.00) per day, for 5. each day served in a Federal Prison. 6. B) Inmates currently serving time in a Federal Prison will be charged thirty U.S. 7. dollars ($30.00) per day, for each day served in a Federal Prison. 8. Section 2: The “Room and Board Fee” (RBF) is not defined as a fine or as a punishment to 9. inmates. The (RBF) will cover the time spent in a prison, including the utilities used, 10. food consumed, and medical care, which is already provided. 11. Section 3: When available, inmates will have the option to obtain a job within the Federal 12. Prison where they reside. 13. A) All monetary value accumulated by the inmates will be 14. used to pay for the (RBF) stated in Section 1 of this legislation. 15. B) Where available inmates will also have the option to be outsourced for jobs to pay 16. for their (RBF). 17. C) All fees not paid for by the end of the inmates‟ term will be turned into a 18. collection agency. 19. Section 4: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) will oversee the budget for the 20. RBF. 21. A) The (DOJ) will be responsible for collections while the inmate is serving time in a 22. Federal Prison. 23. B) The (DOJ) will also be responsible for redistributing the fees collected to Federal 24. Prisons. 25. Section 5: This piece of legislation will go into effect the next fiscal year to allow time to set 26. up the new Federal Budget Plan for the Federal Prison Systems. A RESOLUTION CONCERNING TRADE RELATIONS WITH CUBA 1. Whereas, economic sanctions and embargoes imposed in the international community by 2. the United States have consistently proven to be ineffectual, and, 3. Whereas, the original purpose of the 1962 economic sanctions on Cuba were to suppress the 4. spread of communism in conjunction with the Truman Doctrine, and not to forcefully 5. remove Fidel Castro from his authoritative state, as popular opinion has suggested, and, 6. Whereas, the nation of Cuba currently operates as a communist state, thus showcasing the 7. ineffectiveness of the original sanctions and the ensuing embargo, and, 8. Whereas, the few sanctions that have been lifted by the U.S. since 1962 have resulted in 9. positive ramifications for the welfare of Cuban residents, as well as commercial benefits for 10. American corporations, therefore, 11. BE IT RESOLVED by the Student Congress here assembled that the United States Federal 12. Government end all economic sanctions and embargoes against the nation of Cuba on the 13. grounds of the aforementioned clauses. A BILL TO INCREASE TAXES TO FUND ALTERNATIVE FUEL SOURCES 1. Be it enacted by this Student Congress assembled that: 2. Section 1. The federal gasoline tax be raised 5 percent on all consumer purchases of gasoline 3. immediately for the purpose of funding research in alternative energy research 4. projects. 5. Section 2. A committee will be formed to research different options as well as infrastructure 6. with regards to alternative energy sources. 7. Section 3. The revenue gained from the increase in gasoline prices will be used to 8. implement the new infrastructure and alternative energy sources that are found by 9. the committee to be the most beneficial for the future of America. 10. Section 4. The Department of Energy will be the department to oversee the use of the funds 11. collected from the tax, once the committee has made a decision. 12. Section 5. This legislation will go into effect on January 1, 2009. 13. Section 6. All other pieces of legislation in conflict of this legislation will be declared null 14. and void. A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE 14TH AMENDMENT 1. Whereas, illegal immigrants have manipulated the 14th Amendment to remain in United 2. States, and 3. Whereas, illegal immigrants often give birth to children termed „anchor babies‟ within the 4. United States for the purpose of avoiding deportation, and 5. Whereas, thousands of „anchor babies‟ are born in the United States each year, and 6. Whereas, the Immigration Act of 1965 continues to perpetuate a cycle of „chain migration‟, 7. therefore, 8. Be it resolved by the Student Congress here assembled that the following be adopted in 9. amendment to the United States Constitution: 10. “Amendment XXVIII Section 1a – Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment 11. is hereby repealed. Persons born within United States jurisdiction shall be 12. granted citizenship through process of legal naturalization, or in the event 13. that a child‟s biological mother has attained legal United States citizenship 14. prior to birth of the child. All persons born under said conditions are citizens 15. of the United States and the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or 16. enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens 17. of the United States ; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or 18. property without due process of law, nor deny to any person within it‟s 19. jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Section 1b - This article shall be 20. inoperative unless it has been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by 21. the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from 22. the date of its submission.” A RESOLUTION SEVERING TIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND VENEZUELAN OIL 1. WHEREAS, In light of recent events, the Venezuelan President has warned that the South 2. American country could cut off oil exports to the United States; and 3. WHEREAS, the country denies any oil exports to international countries because they, the 4. world‟s fifth largest oil exporter, ships 1.5 million barrels of oil a day to the United States; 5. and 6. WHEREAS, the Venezuelan President has accused the United States of “robbing” 7. Venezuela of tax revenue, claiming that American Gas stations receive their oil at discount 8. prices from Petroleos de Venezuela; and 9. WHEREAS, Venezuela‟s ties to Iran and Cuba has provoked even greater unease among 10. U.S. Policymakers; and 11. WHEREAS, U.S. –Venezuelan relations were already tense when the U.S. Department of 12. State appeared to endorse the overthrow of the Venezuelan President in 2002; and 13. WHEREAS, Relations have since deteriorated to a historic low with the Venezuelan 14. president now regularly launching public insults against the Bush administration and its 15. members; and WHEREAS, the United States must reduce its dependence on Venezuela for 16. oil imports; and 17. WHEREAS, United States officials have announced to the U.S. consumers to not to be 18. alarmed, any loss of Venezuelan oil supplies would quickly be made up from other sources; 19. therefore, 20. Be it resolved by this Student Congress assembled here that the Untied States 21. sever ties with Venezuelan oil, immediately. A RESOLUTION CONCERNING HATE CRIME LEGISLATION 1. Whereas: Hate crime legislation simply widens the gaps between races, genders, and 2. religions, and 3. Whereas: the separate classification and conviction of crimes is a waste of the justice 4. system‟s time, money, and labor, which is already sparse, and 5. Whereas: hate crime legislation is merely discrimination in writing, and 6. Whereas: punishment should be based on the severity of a crime, not the motivation, and 7. Whereas: hate is not a crime, and 8. Whereas: hate crime legislation severely restricts Americans' freedom of speech, freedom 9. of thought and freedom of religion, and 10. Whereas: Equal treatment under law is a basic principle of democratic government, 11. therefore 12. BE IT RESOLVED: by this Student Congress assembled that all hate 13. crime legislation be abolished.