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Making a Resolution

Resolutions are a way to speak the will of the members of the 23rd Legislative District Democrats Central Committee.  Resolutions directed to the Washington State Democrats Central Committee must comply with the rules of the state party (link to state rules) and use the state approved format found in the state rules document. Resolutions may be directed to other persons or organizations, being sure that the person or organization is noted in the “Resolved” portion of the document. i.e. “Therefore be it resolved that the 23rd Legislative District Democrats call upon our elected …”

Who can make a resolution?

Any member of the 23rd Legislative District, the LD Chair, a member of the Executive Board or of other Democratic Organization in the 23rd Legislative District. (the last might need board approval.)

How do I submit a resolution?

  • Resolutions should follow the format here: (link to state format)
  • Resolutions may be submitted as a printed document or as an electronic document in a common format
  • They may be submitted to the Chair or to any Member of The Executive Board or the Chair of any Standing Committee, (Membership, PCO, Communication
  • The submitted document must have the Sponsors name and contact information and if printed must have the sponsor’s signature.


  • 21 Oct 2019 10:55 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Resolution proposed by Debbie Hollyer regarding Impeachment. This has not been approved by the 23rd LD Dems Executive Board and would require a motion from the membership.

    A Resolution to Direct the Washington Democratic 23rd Legislative District's membership, and it’s Congressional and Legislative Delegation to Publicly State Full Support of the Impeachment Inquiry by the U.S. House of Representatives and to prepare the U.S. Senate to follow suit with their duty to defend the U.S. Constitution         

    WHEREAS the United States Constitution. Article II, section 1, clause 8 states the presidential Oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”;


    WHEREAS the United States Constitution. Article II, section 4 states,

    The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors;


    WHEREAS no one, not even a President of the United States, is above the law;

     

    WHEREAS the United States Constitution. Article I, section 2, clause 5 states,

    The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment;


    WHEREASthe United States Constitution. Article I, section 3, clause 6 states,

    The U.S. Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present;


    WHEREAS on June 13, 2019 the Chair of the Federal Election Commission responded with an unequivocal warning: “Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election”  ;


    WHEREAS no Quid Pro Quo needed for violation of Campaign Finance Laws.  All that is needed is solicitation to create a basis for Impeachment; https://www.justsecurity.org/66277/the-quid-is-a-crime-no-need-to-prove-pro-quo-in-ukrainegate/


    WHEREAS Texts Show Top Envoys used a possible White House visit to pressure Ukraine President to Investigate Bidens;  https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/new-texts-show-pressure-on-ukraine-to-investigate-bidens-70607941552


    WHEREAS Mr. Trump publicly suggests Ukraine and China should investigate the Bidens; https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/trump-claims-absolute-right-in-asking-foreign-help-in-corruption-70608453680   


    WHEREAS Special Council Robert Mueller did not absolve the president from ‘Obstruction of Justice' but rather left it up to the duty of Congress to pursue;


    WHEREAS Mr. Trump’s Presidential abuse of power continues to proliferate. He has repeatedly criticized the whistleblower, sought information about the whistleblower, and called for the whistleblower's sources to be outed;  https://www.justsecurity.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Updated-Whistleblower-Letter-1.pdf


    WHEREAS Mr. Trump undermines the reputation of the U.S. National Intelligence; stating that FBI Director Christopher Wray is ‘wrong’ in his assertion that such efforts by foreign nationals to interfere in a U.S. election should be reported to the FBI;


    WHEREAS Mr. Trump and his administration continue to obstruct depositions and disregard subpoenas called for by the U.S. House Committee Chairs. The Trump administration ordered the U.S. ambassador to the European Union not to appear before house lawmakers for a planned deposition as part of the impeachment inquiry. The White House announced it will not cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry;  (WTFJHT, New York Times / Washington Post / Reuters / NBC News / Associated Press)  


    WHEREAS White House counsel made legal arguments that the entire House of Representatives has to vote on this inquiry in order to make it legitimate. “Not true”, stated University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck. “Pelosi is breaking with precedent but not rules or the law”;   https://www.npr.org/2019/10/09/768540896/who-sets-the-rules-when-is-it-real-and-other-big-questions-on-impeachment

    WHEREAS Mr. Trump continuously flaunts to the American people the unchecked powers of the President that present a direct conflict of interest to holding him accountable for abusing Presidential power. The Federal Trade Commission  (FEC) has the legal authority to enforce campaign finance laws with civil penalties. Civil enforcement actions by the FEC have no “knowledge” requirements and no monetary threshold. However, the FEC is currently without a quorum and, consequently, is unable to initiate investigations and/or enforcement actions. Presumably the President will someday appoint, and the Senate will someday confirm, new FEC commissioners to give the commission a quorum once again.  No Incentive for the president to reconstitute the FEC anytime soon, if ever while in office;  (as reported https://www.justsecurity.org/66277/the-quid-is-a-crime-no-need-to-prove-pro-quo-in-ukrainegate/ )


    WHEREAS Mr. Trump is a serial liar. He has been recorded as having lied to the American Public regularly on no less than12,000 instances , to the date of this resolution; https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/08/12/president-trump-has-made-false-or-misleading-claims-over-days/


    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State 23rd Legislative District Democrats publicly state support of and together add legitimacy to the Impeachment Inquiry.

    THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Washington State 23rd Legislative District Democrats will inform ourselves of the magnitude of the obstruction of justice of the Trump Administration and consciously use our personal power to Vote for a change in leadership at all levels to ensure we rewrite the laws that allow the executive branches’ abuse and disregard of the Constitution.

    THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Washington State 23rd Legislative District Democrats call upon our Representatives Sherry Appleton and Drew Hansen and Senator Christine Rolfes to publicly state their support of the Impeachment Inquiry.

    THEREFORE BE IT FURHER RESOLVED that Representative Sherry Appleton and Drew Hansen and Senator Christine Rolfes communicate the importance of their full support of the Impeachment Inquiry to Washington’s U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer who have already pledged their full support.

    THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Washington U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer share their full support to respective chamber majority leaders and chairs of respective impeachment committees and to introduce, national legislation that will call upon fundamental constitutional amendments that prevent the current national abuses of the executive branch.

    THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be forwarded to U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, State Representatives Sherry Appleton & Drew Hansen, State Senator Christine Rolfes, and the Washington State Democratic Central Committee to inform them of the 23rd Legislative District’s resolute position.

    Approved:  

  • 16 Oct 2019 1:28 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    This proposed Resolution, by Mike Benefiel, 23rd LD Issues Committee, has been approved for action of the 23rd LD Dems Membership. It will be on the Agenda at our October 24, 2019 meeting.

    Resolution to Request the 23rd Legislative District's Congressional Delegation Co-Sponsor the Medicare For All Acts H.R. 1384 and S. 1129

    WHEREAS every American deserves affordable and comprehensive healthcare; 

    WHEREAS the number of Americans either under-insured or without health insurance now approaches 100 million;

    WHEREAS the average annual cost per employee of employer-based health insurance exceeds $20,000 plus deductibles and co-pays which is very expensive for all and not affordable for many Americans;

    WHEREAS the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not control the costs of either employer-based health care premiums or employee medical costs;

    WHEREAS neither employer-based health coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans health coverage, nor the ACA exchange provide affordable and comprehensive health care coverage;

    WHEREAS the health care industry's annual profits exceed $200 billion;

    WHEREAS The Reuters–Ipsos survey found 85 percent of Democrats said they support the policy [Medicare For All] along with 52 percent of Republicans.

    WHEREAS the Washington State Democratic Platform states, "Health care is a basic human right. Government should work to improve our overall health, while assuring access to high-quality, affordable care for everyone."

    WHEREAS the Medicare For All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384 and S. 1129) provide for affordable and comprehensive health care coverage for all Americans from birth to death regardless of employment status. 

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State 23rd Legislative District Democrats express support for the Medicare For All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384 and S. 1129), and calls upon Representative Kilmer to co-sponsor H.R. 1384 and  Senators Murray and Cantwell to co-sponsor S. 1129, and that they work towards the enactment of the Medicare For All Act within the current Congress; and

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be forwarded to House Representative Derek Kilmer, Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell.  Also, a copy of this resolution shall also be sent to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee to inform them of our actions.


  • 7 Oct 2019 8:19 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    WHEREAS the third round of renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has concluded, and it is still unclear whether U.S. negotiators are going to demand the removal of the controversial NAFTA provision known as Investor State Dispute Settlement; 


    WHEREAS at the heart of these agreements is a process known as Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS); 


    WHEREAS ISDS formally prioritizes corporate rights over the rights of sovereign governments to regulate for the public interest, worker safety, and protections against climate change;


    WHEREAS using ISDS corporations only need to convince a panel of three corporate lawyers that a law designed to protect public health, job safety, or the environment violates their special NAFTA rights


    WHEREAS those corporate-friendly tribunals have the power to levy fines in the millions and billions of dollars against our governments for loss of the corporations’ hypothetical future profits which we, the taxpayers, will ultimately pay;


    WHEREAS the threat of fines levied has a chilling impact on the willingness of governments to regulate for the public interest, worker safety and climate change;


    WHEREAS workers and communities can’t sue for unfair job practices which have been adversely impacted by these companies;


    WHEREAS ISDS makes it easier for big corporations to move jobs to locations where workers are the most exploited and environmental regulations are the weakest; 


    WHEREAS ISDS puts democratically enacted public interest laws such as fracking moratoriums, laws regulating oil and gas pipelines, and ‘buy local’ programs in jeopardy both at home and abroad;


    WHEREAS ISDS will drive down labor and environmental standards at a time when we need those standards to fight climate change and to encourage sustainable communities;


    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) to call upon our federal elected officials - Senator Cantwell, Senator Murray and our Congressional Representatives - to oppose a renegotiated NAFTA (or any future trade deal) if it includes ISDS provisions; and


    THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the WSDCC ask our Members of Congress to vote to remove NAFTA 2.0 from the Fast Track Process, if the Trump Administration submits an implementing bill prior to getting changes based on rules that are fair and transparent, and seek to enhance prosperity, stability, freedom and the quality of life.

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    Submitted by the 23rd Legislative District Democratic Central Committee for consideration at the 27-28 September 2019 WSDCC Meeting in Yakima.


    Approved by the 23rd Legislative District Democratic Central Committee on July 25, 2019.


    Approved at the 28 September 2019 WSDCC Meeting in Yakima.


  • 7 Oct 2019 8:17 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    WHEREAS a free exchange of ideas is a foundational cornerstone of our democracy and suppressing speech is an anathema to our Party platform and values; 


    WHEREAS the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has a history of allowing non-DNC sponsored debates and has not sanctioned candidates who participated in them; 


    WHEREASmaking reasoned, well informed decisions are of the utmost importance in choosing our representatives and most importantly, the President of the United States of America; 


    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) urges the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to allow, without sanctions, Democratic candidates to participate in any debates as the candidates so choose provided transcripts or recordings of said debates are made available to all Democratic organizations; and 


    THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the WSDCC send this resolution to each known candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. President in 2020.


    Submitted by the 23rd Legislative District Democratic Central Committee for consideration at the 27-28 September 2019 WSDCC Meeting in Yakima.


    Approved by the 23rd Legislative District Democratic Central Committee on July 25, 2019.

    This resolution has not been approved by the Washington State Committee.

  • 7 Oct 2019 8:13 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Resolution for a Climate Change Debate


    WHEREAS climate change is the most critical, pressing and conflicted issue of our generation; and


    WHEREASmaking reasoned decisions on climate change options and seeing the depth of commitment to these changes are of utmost importance in choosing our representatives and most importantly, the President of the United States of America;


    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) urges the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to establish, coordinate and invite the Democratic presidential field to meet for a debate on climate change and a just transition; and


    THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the WSDCC send this resolution to each known candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. President in 2020.



    Submitted by the 23rd Legislative District Democratic Central Committee for consideration at the 27-29 September 2019 WSDCC Meeting in Yakima.  (Date Submitted 8/21/2019)


    Amended and approved at the September 28, 2019 WSDCC Meeting at Yakima.

  • 6 Oct 2019 7:38 PM | Susan Haussmann-Collins (Administrator)

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