HR 21 – AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE RESOLUTION 21
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.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve
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 those present and voting 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 by the Constitution to the government of the United States of America as enumerated in Article I, Section 8 shall constitute an unlawful seizure of powers not delegated; 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 compromise and infringe upon the sovereignty and independence of the sovereign state of New Hampshire; and
Whereas, the government of the United States of America has not been delegated either the right or the authority to surrender any of the sovereignty or independence of the state of New Hampshire to any foreign or supranational body; 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 national federal protection of the sovereignty and independence of the state of New Hampshire; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives:
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 urged to use diligence in all of its efforts and energies to prevent any further involvement of the government of the state of New Hampshire with agreements and treaties that have not been subjected to constitutional authority and congressional oversight; and
That the clerk of the house of representatives shall cause to be delivered 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, the presiding officers of each state legislature and the members of the New Hampshire congressional delegation, urging them to give it wide dissemination amongst their bodies, so that they may be apprised of the sense of the citizens of New Hampshire in this matter.