Category: Congress Bills

A Resolution to Make Puerto Rico the 51st State

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Title of Legislation * A Resolution to Make Puerto Rico the 51st State
Designation * Super Session
Date of Congress * 3/17/18
* WHEREAS: Puerto Rico has recently voted to become a state during the June 11th, 2017 Plebiscite; and
2 WHEREAS: Puerto Rico has been a US Territory since 1898 and Puerto Ricans have served in the US military and prominent positions in US governments; and
3 WHEREAS: Puerto Rico’s status as a territory has hindered its ability to manage its debt and recover from Hurricane Maria; and
4 WHEREAS: Trade restrictions on Puerto Rico hinder economic development that would greatly benefit the island and its people; and
5 WHEREAS: The United States would only benefit from the cultural, intellectual efforts and energy of the Puerto Rican People as a part of the Union
6 THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT: Puerto Rico be granted the status of statehood with all the rights and privileges that it entails.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * The Mary Louis Academy

A Bill to Stop the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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Title of Legislation * A Bill to Stop the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Designation * Super Session
Date of Congress * 3/17/18
* BE IT ENACTED BY THE STUDENT CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
2 Section 1. A. The United States shall give the nations of Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, and Turkey $3 billion each annually in conditional aid.
3 B. The United States shall accept 35,000 Syrian refugees per year until January 1, 2020.
4 Section 2. A “Syrian refugee” is defined as an individual who is currently fleeing the persecution or conflict within the Syrian state.
5 B. “Conditional aid” will only continue to be granted to the above nations if the respective state:
6 i. spends 90% of all aid received on food, water, shelter, education, or other necessities in the refugee population;
7 ii. grants the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees full access to the state’s refugees and their living conditions; and
8 iii. is determined by USAID to be fit to receive the previously defined quantity of the aid for the next fiscal year.
9 Section 3. The Department of State and USAID shall oversee this legislation.
10 SECTION 4. This legislation shall go into effect 30 days after passage.
11 Section 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * Xaverian High School

The Congressional War Powers Act

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Title of Legislation * The Congressional War Powers Act
Designation * Primary
Date of Congress * 3/17/18
* BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
2 SECTION 1. A. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 3 U.S.C 1541) is hereby repealed.
3 B. The President of the United States is authorized to conduct military operations inside countries or against organizations that engage in terrorism against the United States.
4 The president will need congressional approval in order to stay past 15 days in any one country.
5 For any intervention in any nation or against an organization not linked to anti-American terrorism, the president will need a simple majority vote by congress in order to go into the conflict zone.
6 C. Within 3 days of deployment the president shall be required to present to the Senate Committees on Intelligence, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Foreign Relations evidence of Anti-American terrorism.
7 If said committees find a lack of evidence, troops shall be immediately removed.
8 D. Congress by a 2/3rds vote can at any time vote to recall U.S. troops regardless of the time said troops have been deployed as well as halt further military operations.
9 SECTION 2. Military operations are but not limited to deployment of troops, drone strikes, airstrikes, etc.
10 SECTION 3. The State Department shall oversee this piece of legislation.
11 SECTION 4. This Act shall go into effect 30 days after passage.
12 SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * Xaverian High School

A Bill to Sanction the Government of Pakistan

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Title of Legislation * A Bill to Sanction the Government of Pakistan
Designation * Primary
Date of Congress * 3/17/18
* BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
2 Section 1: Pakistan shall be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism by the United States Department of State.
3 Section 2: “State Sponsor of Terrorism” is defined as a government which supports violent non-state actors engaged in terrorist activities.
4 Section 3: The United States shall place targeted economic sanctions on Pakistan in accordance with section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act.
5 Section 4: The United States Department of State, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control shall oversee the implementation of this bill.
6 Section 5: This bill will go into effect three months upon the passage of this legislation after the Department of Defense determines whether or not Pakistan has not entirely ceased support for the Taliban and Haqqani Network operatives.
7 Section 6: All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * The Mary Louis Academy

A bill to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

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Title of Legislation * A bill to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage
Designation * Super Session
Date of Congress * 10/17/18
* BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
2 SECTION 1. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour
3 SECTION 2. The cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) rise 2-3% each year whereas wages
4 have not been rising to the same extent.This now leads to many families now just barely making ends meet
5 or putting them in poverty.
6 SECTION 3.United States Department of Labor shall oversee the enforcement of this bill by establishing a
7 punitive fine for any employer who does not meet the federal minimum wage.
8 SECTION 4. Thi bill will go into effect on the of January 1st 2020
9 SECTION 5.All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * Achievement First Brooklyn High School

A Bill to Compensate White South African Farmers

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Title of Legislation * A Bill to Compensate White South African Farmers
Designation * Secondary
Date of Congress * 3/17/2018
* BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
2 SECTION 1. The United States shall allocate 459 million dollars in Agricultural aid to White South African Farmers.
3 SECTION 2. Compensation shall be defined as money to help with cost of living.
4 SECTION 3. The U.S Department of Agriculture shall be responsible for carrying this out.
5 SECTION 4. This will be implemented by April 1, 2019
6 SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * Achievement First Brooklyn HS

A Bill to Reduce Gun Violence in America

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Title of Legislation * A Bill to Reduce Gun Violence in America
Designation * Primary
Date of Congress * 3/17/18
* BE IT ENACTED BY THE STUDENT CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
2 SECTION 1. The United States shall hereby require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfer of ownership for all or any ranged weapon typically designed to pneumatically discharge ammunition (shotgun, assault rifle, semi-automatic, etc).
3 SECTION 2. Under federal law, the minimum age to buy a handgun from a licensed dealer is 21. But the age limit drops to 18 if the gun is being purchased from a private, unlicensed seller.
4 a. The Congress here assembled shall raise that age limit to 21 on all platforms.
5 SECTION 3. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will oversee the implementation of this bill.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * Achievement First Brooklyn High School

The Votes go Bye Bye Act

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Title of Legislation * The Votes go Bye Bye Act
Designation * Primary
Date of Congress * 3/17/18
* RESOLVED, By two-thirds of the Congress here assembled, that the following article is
2 proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all
3 intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths
4 of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission by the Congress:
5 ARTICLE —
6 SECTION 1:
7 The President and Vice President shall be elected jointly by the vote of the citizens of these United States in accordance with the instant-runoff method of elections.
8 SECTION 2:
9 Instant-runoff voting shall be defined as a system in which all candidates are ranked numerically by each voter, and, should any candidate fail to gain over fifty percent of all first choice votes as indicated by
10 (1), a runoff shall be held in which the candidate with the fewest votes is removed and their votes reallocated to the next ranked candidate of each voter.
11 This process shall continue until one candidate has reached a majority.
12 SECTION 3:
13 The ballot for the President and Vice President shall be separate from the ballot for all other state and federal officials.
14 SECTION 4:
15 This amendment shall take effect on the date of the November 5, 2024.
16 SECTION 5:
17 The Federal Election Commission shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate regulation.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * Poly Prep Country Day School

A Bill to end the Genocide of the Rohingya

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Title of Legislation * A Bill to end the Genocide of the Rohingya
Designation * Super Session
Date of Congress * 3/17/18
* BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
2 SECTION 1.
3 The United states shall provide 500 million dollars annually in developmental aid over the next 10 years to the government of Myanmar for the Rohingya people.
4 The secretary of state will be required to annually investigate aid effectiveness and submit a report to congress regarding the findings.
5 If no significant change manifests within one decade, the US will implement a full sanctioning of the Burmese government.
6 SECTION 2.
7 Significant change shall be defined as the ending to the forced displacement, murder and Genocide of the Rohingya minority.
8 Genocide shall be defined under the definition provided by Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948).
9 Developmental aid will be targeted at food, water and any basic necessities that are required.
10 Full sanctioning shall be defined as the removal of US financial holdings from military-owned businesses and governmental figures with known ties to the Burmese Military.
11 SECTION 3
12 The funding for this legislation will be appropriated from the Treasury from the Department of Defense Budget.
13 The Secretary of State will be in charge in determining the effectiveness of aid.
14 Aid can only be removed if the report submitted contains evidence of misuse that is counterproductive to the intention of the legislation.
15 SECTION 4.
16 This legislation will go into effect immediately after passage
17 SECTION 5.
18 All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * Poly Prep Country Day School

A Bill to Define Monopolies to More Properly Enforce Antitrust Laws

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Title of Legislation * A Bill to Define Monopolies to More Properly Enforce Antitrust Laws
Designation * Super Session
Date of Congress * 3/17/18
* BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
2 Section 1. No individual company or individual may control more than 46% of the total stocks in providing a particular good or service in any one of the 11 sectors of the U.S stock market.
3 Section 2. “Particular good or service” is defined as any non-brand-specific corporeal object or system providing a public need organized and distributed by a company.
4 “11 sectors of the stock market” shall be defined as any one of the following major sectors that shares are traded for in the Stock Exchange: Financials, Utilities, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, Healthcare, Industrials, Technology,
5 Telecom, Materials, Real Estate.
6 Section 3. The Department of Commerce shall be responsible for the implementation of this legislation.
7 A. Companies which control more than 46% of the total stocks in providing a particular good or service will be forced to split into smaller companies providing that same good or service or sell assets until none of these companies control more than 46%
8 of the total stocks in providing a particular good or service. This split/sale must be completed by April 16th, 2019.
9 B. Individuals who control more than 46% of total stocks in companies proving the same particular good or service must sell these shares until they control 46% or less of these stocks.
10 Section 4. This bill shall be implemented on April 16,2018.
11 Section 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * Respectfully Submitted by Christ the King High School

A Bill to Invest in High Speed Railroads

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Title of Legislation * A Bill to Invest in High Speed Railroads
Designation * Primary
Date of Congress * 3/17/18
* BE IT ENACTED BY THE STUDENT CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
2 Section 1. There shall be the creation of a new subsidiary of the Department of Transportation, known as the National High-Speed Rail Authority, which shall investigate future high-speed rail projects and advise the federal government on a course as to h
3 Section 2. “High-speed rail” is defined to be a rail transport system that supports and regularly operates trains at speeds exceeding 125 mph. An “investigation” includes but is not limited to: examining the estimated costs, profitability, economic impac
4 Section 3. This legislation shall be overseen by the Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration.
5 A. All high-speed rail projects that wish to receive federal funding must have their proposals reviewed by the National High-Speed Rail Authority.
6 B. Funding for the National High-Speed Rail Authority shall begin at $1.6 billion, subject to revisions each year, and be added to the current Department of Transportation budget.
7 C. Funding for any high speed rail project shall only be granted after each completed mile of high-speed track has been inspected and approved by the Federal Railroad Administration.
8 D. High-speed projects shall not begin construction before January 1st, 2019. The time until this point shall be used for investigation of possible projects.
9 E. At least 16 miles of high-speed rail, initiated by the National High-Speed Rail Authority and ready for public use, must be completed by December 31st, 2019.
10 Section 4. This legislation shall be implemented and the Authority initialized on April 1st, 2018.
11 Section 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.
Respectfully Submitted, Name of School * Respectfully Submitted by Christ the King High School