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Example of Proper Form of a Resolution


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It's not often that we get to see a properly written resolution (a special form of a main motion), so I thought I'd post this--it's in the news right now!  From Rep. Meadows ®:

"Whereas the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent;

Whereas the Speaker has, through inaction, caused the power of Congress to atrophy, thereby making Congress subservient to the Executive and Judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American People;

Whereas the Speaker uses the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker;

Whereas the Speaker has intentionally provided for voice votes on consequential and controversial legislation to be taken without notice and with few Members present;

Whereas the Speaker uses the legislative calendar to create crises for the American People, in order to compel Members to vote for legislation;

Whereas the Speaker does not comply with the spirit of the rules of the House of Representatives, which provide that Members shall have three days to review legislation before voting;

Whereas the Speaker continues to direct the Rules Committee to limit meaningful amendments, to limit debate on the House floor, and to subvert a straightforward legislative process; and

Whereas the House of Representatives, to function effectively in the service of all citizens of this country, requires the service of a Speaker who will endeavor to follow an orderly and inclusive process without imposing his or her will upon any Member thereof:

 

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant."

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The "Now, therefore, be it" part in the last sentence should be placed at the end of the preceding sentence (see RONR 11th ed., p. 109).

Good catch.   True, but, then again, RONR is not the parliamentary authority of the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

But, it is my experience that resolutions, court orders, etc, are usually drafted along the lines of the example in RONR regardless of whether RONR is the adopted authority.  It seems to be the common format, although it might vary slightly from assembly to assembly and jurisdiction to jurisdiction based on custom.

 

It's still a well-written resolution,  though, despite that one "hiccup".

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The one posted here departs from the prescribed form in multiple respects. 

 

Well, there's no comma after "Whereas" but, on the plus side, the word "Resolved" is italicized in the official text.

 

The "Now, therefore, be it" part in the last sentence should be placed at the end of the preceding sentence (see RONR 11th ed., p. 109).

 

it is in the official text.

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Ah, I'm looking at pp. 108-109 of RONR and comparing the example with the official text given in Mr. Guest's response.  There should be a comma after each Whereas, and the first letter of the first word following the Whereas should be capitalized.  I've learned a lot from this whole exercise....

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