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					                    2011 TFA Fall Legislation
 1   A Resolution to Deny Legal Immunity to All Businesses                         Southlake Carroll
 2   A Resolution on Access to strategic minerals                                  Katy
 3   A Resolution to Hybridize America                                             Centennial
 4   A Resolution to Save America's Economy                                        Plano West
 5   A Resolution to Allow Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research                  Arlington
 6   A Bill to authorize funding for Drug Courts                                   Bellaire
 7   A Resolution to end parental consent for teen abortions                       Lamar Consolidated
 8   A Resolution to minimize the use of antibiotics in the meat industry          Harker Heights
 9   A Bill to review US Pakistan relations                                        Spring Woods
10   A Bill making all convicted felons who die in prison mandatory organ donors   Hallsville
11   A Resolution to aid the Nation of Yemen                                       Plano Senior
12   A Resolution to pass SKFTA                                                    Douglas MacArthur
13   A Resolution to abandon biofuels                                              Houston Lamar
14   A Resolution to withdraw from NATO                                            Jasper
15   A Resolution to make water safe                                               Katy
16   A Resolution to abolish felony disenfranchisement                             Vines
17   A Resolution to decommission F-22 fighter jets                                Ronald Reagan
18   A Bill to Establish a Cyber-defense Branch                                    Plano Senior
19   A Resolution to ratify the KORUS Free Trade Agreement                         Houston Lamar
20   A Resolution on Pakistan                                                      Mayde Creek
21   A Resolution to prevent the need for future bank bailouts                     Harker Heights
22   A Resolution to Stop Making the Penny                                         Lamar Consolidated
23   A Resolution to protect the Pell Grant                                        Arlington
24   A Resolution to protect water rights                                          Granbury
25   A Resolution to regulate private security forces                              Katy
26   A Resolution to Spur the Development of African Trade                         Plano Senior
27   A Bill to amend the War Powers Act                                            Southlake Carroll
28   A Resolution to lift the Cuban Embargo                                        Seven Lakes
29   A Bill to add siblings to the FMLA                                            Plano West
30   A Resolution to transition away from nuclear power                            Centennial
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 1    TFA Fall 2011 Item 1. A Resolution to Deny Legal Immunity
 2                        to All Businesses
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 4   WHEREAS, The United States Congress has a history of granting legal immunity to
 5                   businesses who aid the United States government; and
 6   WHEREAS, Congress granted legal immunity to cell phone carriers who secretly
 7                   forwarded telephone conversations to the National Security Agency
 8                   without warrants; and
 9   WHEREAS, The current Protect America Act of 2007 allows monitoring of all
10                   electronic communications in the United States as well as across the world
11                   without a court’s order or oversight, as long as it is not targeted at one
12                   particular person reasonably believed to be inside the country; and
13   WHEREAS, Domestic spying has become more prevalent as a result, with the
14                   government utilizing many telecommunications companies, since many
15                   domestic U.S. communications pass outside of the US due to outdated
16                   telephone configurations; and
17   WHEREAS, In the Supreme Court Case Katz vs. United States, the Supreme Court held
18                   that the Fourth Amendment applied to telephone calls, and that probable
19                   cause and a warrant are needed before electronic surveillance of such
20                   communications may be conducted; now, therefore, be it
21   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the Protect America Act of 2007 be
22                   repealed and any business working or cooperating with the United States
23                   government regarding electronic surveillance and or wiretapping be
24                   denied legal immunity in the future.
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26   Introduced by Southlake Carroll High School
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 1     TFA Fall 2011 Item 2. A Resolution on Access to Strategic
 2                              Minerals
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 4   WHEREAS, rare earth elements and other strategic minerals are critical components of
 5                 many manufacturing and defense technologies vital to US interests; and
 6   WHEREAS, many of these minerals are controlled by a few countries or corporations
 7                 with the capacity to mine, develop and/or refine them; and
 8   WHEREAS, increasing worldwide demand for these elements in computer
 9                 technologies, energy storage devices, and defense technologies have given
10                 these nations and companies unprecedented control over the markets on
11                 these strategic minerals; and
12   WHEREAS, recent actions by China, which controls 97% of the world’s supply of rare
13                 earth elements, have indicated that country’s willingness to use access to
14                 these elements as leverage in foreign policy; and
15   WHEREAS, the US has yet to even identify the strategic elements most critical to its
16                 defense and economic needs, much less develop a long-range policy in
17                 regard to these minerals; now, therefore, be it
18   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the US government should appoint a
19                 joint task force comprised of representatives from the Department of
20                 Defense and the National Academies of Science to determine US critical
21                 needs of strategic minerals for both defense and economic uses; and
22   BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the US government should subsidize the
23                 development of domestic production and research facilities to process
24                 these strategic minerals and/or develop viable alternatives.
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28                                                       Respectfully submitted by
29                                                       James E. Taylor High School
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 1      TFA Fall 2011 Item 3. A Resolution to Hybridize America
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 3   WHEREAS, The use of cars running purely on fossil fuels is drastically increasing our
 4                 dependence on oil; and
 5   WHEREAS, By relying solely on cars that utilize fossil fuels, Americans are
 6                 perpetuating the demand for oil and depleting the supply; and
 7   WHEREAS, Gas prices in the United States are increasing, as well as the consumption
 8                 of oil by individuals; and
 9   WHEREAS, The use of Hybrid cars would decrease the total dependence on oil by at
10                 least 20 percent; and
11   WHEREAS, Hybrids can run on alternative fuels, decreasing our dependency on fossil
12                 fuels, and increasing the fuel options; now, therefore, be it
13   RESOLVED, That the Congress here assembled require the Federal Government to
14                 mandate that car manufacturers cease all production of automobiles that
15                 run solely on fossil fuels.
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 1         TFA Fall 2011 Item 4. A Resolution to Save America’s
 2                               Economy
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 4   WHEREAS, The tax code has become too complicated for the average American to
 5                   interpret; and
 6   WHEREAS, The operating cost of the IRS is currently approximately 10 billion dollars;
 7                   and
 8   WHEREAS, The loopholes for the very wealthy and those who are paid without
 9                   reporting their income to the IRS, such as prostitutes and drug dealers,
10                   have prevented the US Government from collecting fair tax percentages
11                   from all Americans; and
12   WHEREAS, those who work in the US illegally are not currently paying Federal
13                   Income Taxes
14   WHEREAS, ; A Federal Income Tax would eradicate over half of the money needed to
15                   operate the IRS while collecting taxes from all Americans closing all
16                   loopholes; now therefore, be it
17   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that a federal sales tax of 17-20 percent
18                   on non-food items be implemented to replace the current federal tax
19                   structure and procedures.
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21   Introduced by Plano West Senior High School
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 1   TFA Fall 2011 Item 5. A Resolution to Allow Federal Funding
 2                     for Stem Cell Research
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 4   WHEREAS, embryonic stem cells can be developed without harming a fetus; and
 5   WHEREAS, embryonic stem cell research is an important step in curing ailments such
 6                    as Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s diseases; and
 7   WHEREAS, many scientists are currently reluctant to enter research fields where
 8                    funding is uncertain; and
 9   WHEREAS, Federal funding would provide an opportunity for stem cell research to
10                    flourish; and now, therefore, be it
11   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that federal funding for embryonic stem
12                    cell research shall be mandated.
13   Introduced by Arlington High School, Arlington, TX
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 1       TFA Fall 2011 Item 6. A Bill to authorize funding for Drug
 2                                Courts
 3   BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
 4   SECTION 1. Funding for drug courts will be authorized in the following amounts:

 5                    A. $125,000,000 for fiscal year 2013

 6                    B. $150,000,000 for fiscal year 2013

 7                    C. $200,000,000 for fiscal year 2014

 8                    D. $250,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2015 through 2018.

 9   SECTION 2. Drug courts will retain judicial power over offenders with substance abuse

10                    problems.

11   SECTION 3. Drug courts will retain the power to sentence offenders to substance abuse

12                    treatment, mandatory periodic testing for drug use, and fines relating to

13                    both the cost of treatment and any damages.

14   SECTION 4. This law will go into effect May 7, 2012.
15   SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
16   Introduced by Bellaire High School
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 1    TFA Fall 2011 Item 7. A Resolution to End Parental Consent for Teen

 2                                          Abortions

 3         WHEREAS, there are approximately 39 births per 1,000 teenagers between the

 4         ages of 15 and 19;and

 5         WHEREAS, an estimated 60% of teenage girls’ first pregnancies are preceded

 6         by experiences of molestation, rape, or attempted rape, creating a strong link

 7         between abuse and teen pregnancy; and

 8         WHEREAS, these girls should be allowed to re-gain their agency over their

 9         bodies; and

10         WHEREAS, research reveals that 19% of Caucasian girls, 51% of African

11         American girls, and 53% of Hispanic girls will become pregnant during their

12         teenage years; and

13         WHEREAS, when a teen gives birth and keeps the baby, she is much more

14         likely to drop out of school, receive inadequate prenatal care, rely on government

15         funds to raise her child, develop health problems, and have her marriage end in

16         divorce; now, therefore, be it

17         RESOLVED, by the Congress here assembled, that parental consent

18         requirements for teen abortions should be abolished.

19   Introduced by Lamar Consolidated High School
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 1    TFA Fall 2011 Item 8. A Resolution to minimize the use
 2              of antibiotics in the meat industry
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 4   WHEREAS, Seventy percent of all antibiotics used in the United States goes to food
 5                 animal production; and
 6   WHEREAS, The meat industry use antibiotics to promote the growth of cows and pigs
 7                 rather than to treat illnesses; and
 8   WHEREAS, The overuse of antibiotics has led to the development of antibiotic
 9                 resistant microbes that kill over 100,000 people each year; now, therefore,
10                 be it
11   RESOLVED, That the Student Congress here assembled require that antibiotics be used
12                 by the food industry only to treat sick animals; and, be it
13   FURTHER RESOLVED, all antibiotics used in the meat industry be administered by a
14                 licensed veterinarian.
15   Introduced by Harker Heights High School
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 1        TFA Fall 2011 Item 9. A Bill to Review US Pakistan
 2                            Relations
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 4   BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
 5   SECTION 1. The United States will cease any future funding to the country of Pakistan.

 6   SECTION 2. “Funding” shall be defined as both military and humanitarian aid.

 7   SECTION 3. This law will take effect within six months of passage.

 8   SECTION 4. A. The Committee on Foreign Affairs of each chamber will begin an

 9                   investigation on all appropriations granted to Pakistan prior to this

10                   legislation.

11                   B. The Committee on Foreign Affairs of each chamber will then create a

12                   review on the appropriations granted to Pakistan.

13   SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.

14   Introduced by Spring Woods High School
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 1        TFA Fall 2011 Item 10. A Bill Making all Convicted
 2        Felons who die in Prison Mandatory Organ Donors
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 5   BE IT ENACTED BY THE STUDENT CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
 6   SECTION 1. All prisoners in the United States convicted of felonies shall be listed as an

 7                 organ donor in the national registry until such time as they have served the

 8                 time sentenced for their crimes.

 9   SECTION 2. Upon release from their sentence, they may submit a request removing

10                 themselves from the national registry.

11   SECTION 3. Those prisoners who die while serving their sentences will have all usable

12                 organs donated for use by the national registry.

13   SECTION 4. Upon passage of this bill, all prisoners in the United States will be entered
14                 into the national registry.
15   SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
16   Introduced by Hallsville High School
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 1       TFA Fall 2011 Item 11. A Resolution to Aid the Nation of
 2                               Yemen
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 4   WHEREAS, The government and economy Yemen is spiraling into complete ruin and it
 5                   seems inevitable that Yemen will soon become a failed state; and
 6   WHEREAS, A water crisis has erupted inside the country as many aquifers and basins
 7                   have been completely depleted; and
 8   WHEREAS, A new branch of Al Qaeda called Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
 9                   (AQAP) has taken root in Yemen and is considered a deadlier threat than
10                   all the other Al Qaeda branches by many experts; and
11   WHEREAS, The international community has been slow and reluctant to help support
12                   or provide aid for the Yemen government; and
13   WHEREAS, The Yemen government is caught in intense riots and the Yemeni dictator
14                   is rapidly losing popularity; and
15   WHEREAS, UNICEF has reported concern on the health and wellbeing of the Yemeni
16                   children and innocent civilians caught in the turmoil; and
17   WHEREAS, Failure to prop up such an ailing nation could have long term catastrophic
18                   results or create another Somalia-like country; now, therefore, be it
19   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the US government send economic
20                   aid to international humanitarian organizations in Yemen currently.
21   FURTHER RESOLVED, the United States encourage stabilization of the Yemeni
22                   government by asking opposition parties to meet at Washington DC this
23                   fall to discuss a peaceful negotiation and compromise for the country’s
24                   future.
25   Introduced by Plano Senior High School
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 1           TFA Fall 2011 Item 12. A Resolution to Pass SKFTA
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 3   WHEREAS, free trade is proven to add global stability; and
 4   WHEREAS, South Korea has been a major trading partner with the United States for
 5                 several years; and
 6   WHEREAS, a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would provide jobs and add to our GDP;
 7                 and
 8   WHEREAS, a FTA would improve our relations and influence within volatile region of
 9                 East Asia; and
10   WHEREAS, a South Korea Free Trade Agreement could lead to easier ratification of
11                 other important FTAs such as Columbia; now, therefore, be it
12   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the South Korean Free Trade
13                 Agreement be passed.
14   Introduced by Douglas MacArthur High School
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 1      TFA Fall 2011 Item 13. A Resolution to Abandon Biofuels
 2   WHEREAS, the United States federal government currently subsidizes the production
 3                   of ethanol and other biofuels by 45 cent/gal; and
 4   WHEREAS, biofuels require significant amounts of land to produce; and
 5   WHEREAS, the United States does not possess the production capacity to significantly
 6                   replace petroleum demands with biofuels; and
 7   WHEREAS, food prices have seen record highs in 2011and global population growth
 8                   may eclipse food production; and
 9   WHEREAS, biofuel production may discourage traditional food crop production or
10                   encourage use of food crops for that purpose; and
11   WHEREAS, protectionist policies hinder economic development in agriculture
12                   dependent economies; and
13   WHEREAS, foreign nations have reacted to existing subsidies with anti-dumping and
14                   other legislation; and
15   WHEREAS, the reduction of carbon emissions from biofuel use is marginal at best;
16                   now, therefore, be it
17   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the US abandon biofuel production
18                   subsidies as a means of achieving a sustainable energy economy.
19   Introduced by Houston Lamar High School
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 1     TFA Fall 2011 Item 14. A Resolution to Withdraw from
 2                             NATO
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 4   WHEREAS, The United States is currently the largest spender in the North Atlantic
 5                 Treaty Organization, and
 6   WHEREAS, Withdrawal from NATO could save 90 billion dollars per year for
 7                 American taxpayers
 8   WHEREAS, NATO consists of 26 member states, and its charter deals solely with the
 9                 defense of said member states, and
10   WHEREAS, After the fall of the Soviet Union, said charter has been mostly fulfilled,
11                 and
12   WHEREAS, The United Nations, another supranational organization, is more inclusive
13                 and representative of the world’s states and interests; now, therefore, be it
14   RESOLVED, That the Student Congress here assembled withdraw all military and
15                 economic assets from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; and, be it
16   FURTHER RESOLVED, That the United States shift all assets currently deployed in
17                 NATO to the United Nations.
18   Introduced by Jasper High School
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 1       TFA Fall 2011 Item 15. A Resolution to Make Water Safe
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 3   WHEREAS, millions of Americans are exposed to tap water each day that poses a
 4                    serious health risk even though the water meets current government
 5                    standards for safe drinking water; and
 6   WHEREAS, the Safe Water Drinking Act regulates only 91 chemical contaminates out
 7                    of nearly 400 that have a proven association with the risk of cancer and
 8                    other serious diseases even in small concentrations; and
 9   WHEREAS, Environmental Protection Agency data indicates that more than 20 percent
10                    of water facilities have violated federal water standards, with some
11                    violations continuing for more than a decade; and
12   WHEREAS, these violations have occurred in every state; and
13   WHEREAS, violations of the Clean Water Act, including oil spills and dumping of
14                    dangerous chemicals into lakes, rivers, and other waters that serve as
15                    sources for municipal water facilities, have increased significantly over the
16                    last decade; and
17   WHEREAS, the EPA has failed to prosecute the vast majority of the violations it is
18                    charged with enforcing, including more than 1500 flagrant violations in
19                    the last decade; now, therefore, be it
20   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the EPA should revise its safe water
21                    standards to include regulation of all known toxins that pose a health risk
22                    at levels safe for consumption, and
23   BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the EPA should stringently enforce water
24                    standards by prosecuting violators of the Safe Water Drinking Act and of
25                    the Clean Water Act.
26   Respectfully submitted by James E. Taylor High School
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 1         TFA Fall 2011 Item 16. A Resolution to Abolish Felony
 2                          Disenfranchisement
 3   WHEREAS, many felonies are relatively non serious crimes; and
 4   WHEREAS, felony disenfranchisement discriminates against racial minorities; and
 5   WHEREAS, felony disenfranchisement can impact the results of an election; and
 6   WHEREAS, felons who vote are less like to commit a crime again; and
 7   WHEREAS, a truly democratic society must allow all its members to vote; and
 8   WHEREAS, felony disenfranchisement is a violation of the fourteenth and twenty-sixth
 9                   amendment; now, therefore, be it
10   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that felony disenfranchisement is
11                   abolished for all elections in the United States.
12   Introduced by Vines High School
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 1     TFA Fall 2011 Item 17. A Resolution to decommission F-22
 2                            fighter jets
 3   WHEREAS, the United States currently does not utilize the F-22 fighter jet for anything
 4                   but drills; and
 5   WHEREAS, the jets have not been used in a single live combat mission; and
 6   WHEREAS, it costs 350 million dollars to construct as well as to research and develop a
 7                   single jet; and
 8   WHEREAS, the United States government planned on building 339 of these fighter jets
 9                   by 2013; and
10   WHEREAS, the United States of America is in a fiscally precarious position; and
11   WHEREAS, the fighter jets currently deployed in combat are strong deterrents, are
12                   cheaper to rebuild, and are field tested; now, therefore, be it
13   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the United States federal government
14                   should decommission the F-22 program.
15   Introduced by Ronald Reagan High School
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 1     TFA Fall 2011 Item 18. A Bill to Establish A Cyber-Defense
 2                              Branch
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 4   BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
 5   SECTION 1. The United States will hereby establish a branch dedicated to Cyber-

 6                   Defense that will consolidate online security and coordinate policies.

 7   SECTION 2. The branch will oversee military and domestic threats to online assets as

 8                   well as create governmental regulations to increase US information

 9                   security.

10   SECTION 3. A. The Department of Defense will oversee the passage of the bill as well

11                   as the branch itself.

12                   B. Funding for this branch will start at $500 million.

13   SECTION 4. This law will take effect within a year of passage.
14   SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
15   Introduced Plano Senior High School
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 1        TFA Fall 2011 Item 19. A Resolution to Ratify the
 2                 KORUS Free Trade Agreement
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 4   WHEREAS, The United States is facing an economic crisis; and
 5   WHEREAS, Nations are expected to pass the United States as the world’s leading
 6                economy in the next century; and
 7   WHEREAS, South Korea has nations around it that have proven themselves to be
 8                hostile; and
 9   WHEREAS, South Korea’s economy is heavily trade dependent; and
10   WHEREAS, This would increase US presence in East Asia
11   WHEREAS, South Korea has the world’s 15th largest economy; now, therefore, be it
12   RESOLVED, That the Student Congress here assembled ratify the KORUS FTA
13   Introduced by Houston Lamar
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 1              TFA Fall 2011 Item 20. A Resolution on Pakistan
 2   WHEREAS, Osama Bin Laden has been found in Pakistan; and
 3   WHEREAS, the nation has been known to hide information on terrorist related
 4                      activities; and
 5   WHEREAS, some Pakistani military officials have been caught collaborating with
 6                      members of Al Qaida; and
 7   WHEREAS, Pakistan does seem to become a growing threat to the United States
 8                      national security; and
 9   WHEREAS, the Pakistani government seems to be increasingly unstable; now,
10   therefore, be it
11   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that Pakistani foreign aid will only be
12                      sent to fund anti-poverty and education programs for all citizens until the
13                      nation cooperates fully on anti-terrorism efforts ; and let it be
14   FURTHER RESOLVED, that if the Pakistani government uses foreign aid on military
15                      programs all aid will be stopped immediately until the nation agrees fully
16                      with our conditions.
17   Introduced by Mayde Creek High School
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 1   TFA Fall 2011 Item 21. A Resolution to prevent the need
 2                   for future bank bail outs
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 4   WHEREAS, Recent bank bail outs cost the American taxpayers billions of dollars; and
 5   WHEREAS, The current plan to break up and divest the assets of failing banks will
 6                 not be successful if multiple banking giants experience problems
 7                 at the same time; and
 8   WHEREAS, The only competitive advantage for a bank to control over $100 billion in assets is
 9                 the reassurance that the government will consider it “too big to fail”; and
10   WHEREAS, The expectation of being bailed out by the government leads the
11                 banking giants indulge in poor business practices; now therefore let it be
12   RESOLVED, That the Student Congress here assembled follow the lead of the United Kingdom
13                 and cap the size of banks at $100 billion in assets.
14   Introduced by Harker Heights High School
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 1           TFA Fall 2011 Item 22. A Resolution to Stop Making the Penny

 2      1   WHEREAS, the U. S. economy is recovering from a serious economic recession;

 3      2   and

 4      3   WHEREAS, since 2006 the cost to manufacture the penny has been greater than the

 5      4   face value of the coin due to rising metal prices; and

 6      5   WHEREAS, the manufacturing cost has been steadily rising, reaching 1.79 cents to

 7      6   make each penny in 2010; and

 8      7   WHEREAS, it has been estimated that the United States wastes $900 million a year

 9      8   on penny production and handling; and

10      9   WHEREAS, the penny is no longer useful in today’s society; and

11      10 WHEREAS, other countries have been able to eliminate their one-cent coin without

12      11 problems; now, therefore, be it

13      12 RESOLVED, by the Congress here assembled, that the United States should end

14      13 the production of the penny.


15   Introduced by Lamar Consolidated High School
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 1     TFA fall 2011 Item 23. A Resolution to Protect Funding for
 2                           the Pell Grant
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 4   WHEREAS, the Pell Grant constitutes the backbone of many students’ financial aid;
 5                    and
 6   WHEREAS, due to the economic recession, more students meet the criteria to apply for
 7                    Pell Grants; and
 8   WHEREAS, the cuts made to the Pell Grant have decreased the number of students
 9                    who can receive the grants; and
10   WHEREAS, the cuts have greatly diminished the amount of aid given to students
11                    already receiving the grant; and
12   WHEREAS, without this grant many students would be unable to attend college for
13                    financial reasons; and now, therefore, be it
14   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that funding for the Pell Grant be
15                    returned to 2008 levels.
16   Introduced by Arlington High School, Arlington, TX
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 1   TFA Fall 2011 Item 24. A Resolution to Protect Water Rights
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 3   WHEREAS, the 14th amendment to the constitution of the United State states that it
 4                   “forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without
 5                   due process of law”; and
 6   WHEREAS, current water rights exist according to necessity and are typically dictated
 7                   by the individual state; and
 8   WHEREAS, water is a necessity; and
 9   WHEREAS, many states are drafting or trying to enact legislation that plans to establish
10                   fees for property owners to use their own well; and
11   WHEREAS, these fees would directly violate the 14th amendment by taking property
12                   rights with out due process of law and override current water rights;
13                   therefore, be it
14   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the federal government will make
15                   placing a fee on owners of wells using their water by any state legislation
16                   illegal.
17   Introduced by Granbury High school
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 1       TFA Fall 2011 Item 25. A Resolution to Regulate Private
 2                          Security Forces
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 4   WHEREAS, the US military as well as many US-based corporations regularly contract
 5                 private security forces to fulfill a variety of duties in foreign countries; and
 6   WHEREAS, these private security forces, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, are
 7                 frequently the source of corruption, waste, and numerous human rights
 8                 abuses; and
 9   WHEREAS, private security forces can sometimes undermine the authority of
10                 legitimate governments; and
11   WHEREAS, laws governing the conduct of these workers are nebulous, allowing
12                 companies like Blackwater to engage in illegal activities like assault, rape,
13                 murder, and human trafficking with impunity, and;
14   WHEREAS, these forces often undermine counterinsurgency and peacekeeping efforts
15                 in countries around the world; now, therefore, be it
16   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that any private security forces contracted
17                 by the US military or any US-owned corporation must agree to the
18                 standards of conduct established by the Montreaux Document.
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 1             TFA Fall 2011 Item 26. A Resolution to Spur the
 2                      Development of African Trade
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 4   WHEREAS, Africa has a wellspring of natural and human resources that have been relatively

 5                 untapped by the international arena until recent years;

 6   WHEREAS, Almost a million Chinese businessmen and workers have relocated themselves to
 7                 Africa in recent years;
 8   WHEREAS, The Chinese administration has sought business ties in Africa with increasing

 9                 interest;

10   WHEREAS, African ports are among the least secure and developed in the world and pose a

11                 security risk for future import of narcotics and illegal weapons to the United

12                 States;

13   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the United States government will lift or
14                 reduce all restrictions on trade, with an exception of restrictions that control
15                 quality or govern safety, between the United States and African countries
16                 currently receiving aid or may have potential for port development. Exclusions
17                 are countries that currently harbor American troops for non-peacekeeping
18                 activities, are led by leaders condemned by the United States government, or do
19                 not have ongoing diplomatic ties with the United States;
20   FURTHER RESOLVED, that the United States send aid or low-interest loans, overseen by
21                 United States government-appointed commissions, to African countries that are
22                 eligible as determined by previously listed attributes and are wholly receptive to
23                 port-development plans. Allocated funds will go to, and only to, the rehabilitation
24                 or construction ports, the training of responsible port inspectors and management,
25                 and the modernization of security technology and methodologies.
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 1        TFA Fall 2011 Item 27. A Bill to Amend the War Powers
 2                             Resolution
 3   BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
 4   SECTION 1.       A. §1542 of the War Powers Resolution(50 U.S.C 1541-1548) shall be amended as “The

 5                    President in every instance must report to Congress before introducing United States

 6                    Armed Forces (USAF) into hostilities or into situations where imminent involvement in

 7                    hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances. The USAF may only be introduced

 8                    after a majority vote has been reached in both houses of Congress agreeing to the

 9                    deployment of the USAF. After every such introduction the President shall consult

10                    weekly with this Congress until United States Armed Forces are no longer engaged in

11                    hostilities or have been removed from such situations”.

12                    B. §1544(b) of The War Powers Resolution shall be amended as “If a majority vote has

13                    not been reached by both houses of this Congress, or the President’s report is required to

14                    be submitted pursuant to §1543 (a)(1) of this title, whichever is earlier, the President

15                    shall terminate any use of United States Armed Forces with respect to which such report

16                    was submitted (or required to be submitted), and this Congress shall revoke all

17                    appropriations to the Department of Defense (as defined in 10 U.S.C) until the use of

18                    United States Armed Forces has been terminated”

19   SECTION 2.       The revoked funding shall be reallocated to State Governments in the form of Block

20                    grants for the purpose of Education funding.

21   SECTION 3.       A. The Department of Defense (DoD) shall be responsible for complying with the terms

22                    of this legislation.

23                    B. In the event the President does not comply with the terms of this legislation, this

24                    Congress shall begin the process to impeach the President.

25   SECTION 4.       This law will take effect within six months of passage.
26   SECTION 5.       All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
27   Introduced by Southlake Carroll
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 1         TFA Fall 2011 Item 28. A Resolution to Lift the Cuban
 2                              Embargo
 3
 4   WHEREAS, the Cuban embargo has had detrimental effect to the human rights of Cuban
 5                   citizens; and
 6   WHEREAS, the United States has lost a potential trade partner in Cuba, especially that
 7                   of oil; and
 8   WHEREAS, Raul Castro is willing to enter into diplomatic talks with the United States;
 9                   and
10   WHEREAS, the Cuban embargo is no longer needed to fulfill its Cold War purpose; so
11                   be it
12   RESOLVED, By the Congress here assembled that the Cuban Embargo enacted by the
13                   United States be lifted.
14   Introduced by Seven Lakes High School
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 1      TFA Fall 2011 Item 29. A Bill to Add Siblings to the FMLA
 2
 3   BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
 4   SECTION 1. Siblings are hereby included as eligible “immediate family” for the Family

 5                   Medical Leave Act benefits.

 6   SECTION 2. A person who has been employed for twelve months is eligible for up to

 7                   twelve months of unpaid leave to care for a sibling.

 8   SECTION 3. Medical Insurance must not be discontinued due to absence from

 9                   employment due to circumstances related to Family Medical Leave that

10                   relates to the care of a sibling.

11   SECTION 4. This law will take effect within six months of passage.

12   SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
13   Introduced by Plano West Senior High School
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 1   TFA Fall 2011 Item 30. A Resolution to Transition Away From
 2                          Nuclear Power
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 4   WHEREAS, In light of catastrophic events in Japan regarding the dangers of nuclear
 5                 energy; and
 6   WHEREAS, Over 65 nuclear power plants in the United States are near areas
 7                 frequently hit by natural disasters; and
 8   WHEREAS, Power plants pose a significant threat to the United States in the event a
 9                 natural disaster damages a power plant; and
10   WHEREAS, Nuclear power has created a large amount of hazardous waste; and
11   WHEREAS, American citizens living near nuclear power plants have a high risk of
12                 cancer and other health risks; now, therefore, be it
13   RESOLVED, That the Congress here assembled require the Federal Government to
14                 begin a steady transition away from nuclear power to a safer alternative
15                 energy source.
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23                                                             Introduced by Centennial High School
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