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A non-binding resolution is a written "motion adopted by a "deliberative body that cannot progress into a "law. The substance of the resolution can be anything that can normally be proposed as a motion.

This type of resolution is often used to express the body's approval or disapproval of something that they cannot otherwise vote on,[1] due to the matter being handled by another "jurisdiction, or being protected by a "constitution. An example would be a resolution of support for a nation's "troops in "battle, which carries no "legal weight, but is adopted for "moral support.



Non-binding resolutions are usually specific "simple or "concurrent resolutions that are not passed on to the executive branch to be signed into the law.[2] These resolutions differ from pure "concurrent resolutions (that are used for various procedural requests such as adjourning sessions) in that they are designed to express formally, document opinions and not initiate a process.

These resolutions offer a means for elected officials to publicly air the concerns of their constituents[3] and are closely followed by major media outlets. Additionally, these resolutions can be used to state the position of the legislature, showing a preview of how they will vote on future legislation and budget allocations.

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  2. ^ "The Associated Press (2007-02-03). "What's a nonbinding resolution?". nwsource.com. Retrieved 2007-02-17. ["dead link]
  3. ^ Profita, Hillary (2006-06-16). "Why A Non-Binding Resolution Gets A Lot Of Attention". cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Vietnam War 1969–1975". The History Place. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  5. ^ Moore, Janet (1998-07-01). "Senate Passes Non-Binding Resolution To Reassure Taiwan". cnn.com. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  6. ^ http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/legdoc.cfm?URL=/docs/2008/resolutn/house/HR0011.HTM
  7. ^ http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/legdoc.cfm?URL=/docs/2008/resolutn/SR0011.HTM
  8. ^ "110th Congress, 1st Session H. CON. RES" (PDF). speaker.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  9. ^ "U.S. House of Representatives Roll Call Votes 110th Congress, 1st Session". clerk.house.gov. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  10. ^ Toner, Robin; Michael Luo (2007-02-13). "House Democrats Unveil Measure Denouncing Iraq Buildup". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  11. ^ "H. Res. 224". 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  12. ^ McCullagh, Declan (March 11, 2009). "National Pi Day? Congress makes it official". Politics and Law. "CNET News. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
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