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New Hampshire Bill #HCR29   View details of Bill | Go to Bill Online
HCR 29 – AS INTRODUCED

2010 SESSION

10-2125

05/04

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 29

A RESOLUTION requiring the Congress of the United States of America to reaffirm its adherence to the Constitution of the United States regarding international agreements and treaties.

SPONSORS: Rep. Vita, Straf 3; Rep. Rappaport, Coos 1; Rep. Hogan, Hills 25; Rep. Itse, Rock 9; Rep. Comerford, Rock 9

COMMITTEE: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs

ANALYSIS

This resolution requires the United States Congress to reaffirm its adherence to the Constitution regarding the congressional oversight and authority required for the country to enter into binding international agreements and treaties.

10-2125

05/04

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten

A RESOLUTION requiring the Congress of the United States of America to reaffirm its adherence to the Constitution of the United States regarding international agreements and treaties.

Whereas, the Constitution of the United States of America makes no provision for the creation of new treaties or agreements among nations without the concurrence of 2/3 of the United States Senate (Article 2, Section 2); and

Whereas, United States Senate approval of any treaty or agreement that assumes a power not delegated to the government of the United States of America by the Constitution (Article I, Section 8) shall constitute an unlawful seizure of undelegated powers; and

Whereas, New Hampshire can not be bound by any treaty that fails to meet the wording and intent of the Constitution and lacks the approval of 2/3 of the United States Senate; and

Whereas, President George W. Bush signed a formal agreement to establish the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America with the nations of Mexico and Canada on March 23, 2005, and worked to continue and further the goals of that partnership by participating in yearly meetings with Mexico and Canada; and

Whereas, the SPP’s stated goals infringe upon the sovereignty and independence of the State of New Hampshire; and

Whereas, the government of the United States of America has neither the right nor the authority to delegate or surrender any of the sovereignty or independence of the State of New Hampshire, to any foreign or supranational body without the concurrence of 2/3 of the United States Senate; and

Whereas, all legislators have taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitutions of New Hampshire and the United States according to the meaning understood and accepted by the people of the United States, at the time of adoption; and

Whereas, the Constitution of the United States as accepted by the people of New Hampshire requires and demands federal protection of the sovereignty and independence of the State of New Hampshire; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the President and the Congress of the United States be required to reaffirm their allegiance to the Constitution of the United States by severing all commitments to agreements and treaties that have not been subjected to Constitutional authority and Congressional oversight; the New Hampshire Congressional delegation is also urged to use all of its efforts, energies, and diligence to prevent any further involvement of our government with agreements and treaties that have not been subjected to Constitutional authority and Congressional oversight; and

That the clerk of the house of representatives deliver signed copies of this resolution to the President of the United States of America, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the President of the United States Senate, each member of the United States Congress, the presiding officers of each state’s legislature and the members of the New Hampshire Congressional delegation so that they may be apprised of the sense of the citizens of New Hampshire in this matter.

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