SCDL Spring Novice Debate

2021 — NSDA Campus, CA/US

Congress Legislation for Novices

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SCDL Novice Congress Legislation:



Round One

A Resolution to Include Taiwan in the World Health Organization


1 WHEREAS, As an agency of the United Nations, the World Health Organization cannot recognize


2 Taiwanese sovereignty due to China’s Security Council veto power; and


3 WHEREAS, Membership in the World Health Organization would reflect an imperative first step in to


4 ensuring Taiwanese sovereignty while also granting the Taiwanese government access 


5 the same information and resources as the rest of the members of the United Nations; and


6 WHEREAS, International precedence has been established with Taiwan’s entry into the World Trade


7 Organization, independent of the People’s Republic of China, under the name Separate


8 Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipai); now,


9 therefore, be it


10 RESOLVED, That the Congress here assembled recommend that the United Nations admit the


11 Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipai) to 


12 the World Health Organization.



Round Two

A Bill to Remove Tax-Exempt Status for Religious Institutions




2 SECTION 1. 26 U.S.C. §501 shall be amended to strike all exemptions for religious


3 organizations.


4 SECTION 2. This legislation shall take effect January 1, 2022, with all laws in conflict hereby 


5 declared null and void.



Round Three

A Resolution to Transition to Statehood


1 WHEREAS, The Constitution of the United States states, “The Congress shall have Power to dispose


2 of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property


3 belonging to the United States” (Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2); and


4 WHEREAS, The U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico passed in November 2020 a referendum to become 


5 the 51st state; and


6 WHEREAS, No valid petition for statehood has ever been denied by the United States Congress; 


7 now, therefore, be it


8 RESOLVED, That the Congress here assembled recommends the 46th President of the United States


9 issue a proclamation on January 20, 2021, to begin the transition process that will result


10 in Puerto Rico’s admission as a state effective January 1, 2022.