Liberty Roll is proud to announce that Maine Republican Committeeman and Liberty Roll charter member, Mark Willis, is the chief sponsor of the “Resolution to Maintain the Integrity of Procedural Practice at the National Convention.” Mr. Willis will be urging the Republican National Committee to take action on the resolution, which seeks to revert the RNC to operation under a pre-Ginsburg-power-grab version of the rules.
“The Maine delegation, in accordance with their standing resolution passed in early 2013, will continue to call for the 2012 rules to be considered null and void.” Stated Willis, “To do otherwise would legitimize these improperly passed rules and cut the grassroots out of the 2016 election completely.”
The resolution addresses grievances that an incorrect call was made by the chair over the voice vote on the floor of the 2012 Republican National Convention Tampa, Florida, and the loud and numerous calls for division and points of order that followed and were ignored. This reversion is necessary in order to return to the integrity for which the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party itself were once known.
Long active in the GOP, Mark Willis was elected to the office of National Committeeman in Augusta, Maine in May of 2012. He is a veteran of the United States Army where he was a counterintelligence agent from 1993 to 1999, serving in Haiti as well as Bosnia.
The Resolution reads as follows:
Maintain the Integrity of Procedural Practice at the National Convention
Whereas, RNC Rule 30 directs that the Rules of the House of Representatives of the United States shall be the guiding rules of the Republican National Convention and;
Whereas, House Rule 19(1)(a), which states, “Whenever the previous question has been ordered on an otherwise debatable question on which there has been no debate, it shall be in order to debate that question for 40 minutes, equally divided and controlled by a proponent of the question and an opponent,” established that 40 minutes of debate from the body of the National Delegation to the RNC was required prior to the adoption of the 2012 Rules and;
Whereas, following the ordering of the previous question, on adopting the RNC Rules Committee Report, delegates rose to claim the time to speak in opposition to the Report, pursuant to Rule 19(1)(a), yet the delegates were not recognized to speak and;
Whereas, the 40 minutes of debate established under Rule 19(1)(a) was not afforded to the delegates and;
Whereas, Rule 19 of the United States House of Representatives further asserts, “2(a) After the previous question has been ordered on passage or adoption of a measure, or pending a motion to that end, it shall be in order to move that the House recommit (or commit, as the case may be) the measure, with or without instructions, to a standing or select committee. For such a motion to recommit, the Speaker shall give preference in recognition to a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who is opposed to the measure. (b)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (c), a motion that the House recommit a bill or joint resolution on which the previous question has been ordered to passage shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided between the proponent and an opponent…. (c) On demand of the floor manager for the majority, it shall be in order to debate the motion for one hour equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent.” and;
Whereas, having been denied the opportunity to speak in opposition, delegates rose to move that the Report of the Committee on Rules and Order of Business be referred back to the Committee, with instructions, and that the motion be debated for 10 minutes pursuant to Rule 19(2)(a). These delegates were not recognized. Delegates continued to assert points of order seeking recognition for the above purposes throughout the presentation of the Report of the Committee on Rules and Order of Business and continued to be denied recognition and;
Whereas, the actions of the convention chair violated the Rules of the House and the Rules of the National Convention and;
Whereas, the passage of the 2012 Rules of the Republican Party was executed without having followed the proper procedure and;
Whereas, remedial action is necessary in order to maintain grassroots faith in Republican party adherence to the rules and recognition of the procedural process and;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Republican National Committee rejects the legitimacy of the method of passage of the 2012 Rules of the Republican Party
Be it further resolved that the Republican National Committee shall revert to operation under the Rules adopted by the 2008 Republican National Convention,.
For a recap of what transpired at the Spring RNC meeting regarding the rules: Final Rules Outcome of the RNC Spring Meeting
Please take a moment to Read, Sign and Share the following petition to support the Resolution.
Resolution to Restore the Voice of the Grassroots
This petition is now closed.
End date: Aug 15, 2013
Signatures collected: 618