Since its founding, the Penn Political Union has debated a wide range of policy issues, ranging from universal pre-school to personal income taxes to the Syrian Civil War. With each session, the Union strives to provide a unique forum for passionate (while serious and respectful) discussion of these controversial topics. Resolutions are listed by reverse chronological order of date.
Debated March 24, 2016: This Union believes that the benefits of American drone policy outweigh their costs.
Debated February 25, 2016: This Union affirms a national Right to Work law.
Debated January 28, 2016: This Union supports a ban on the purchasing, licensing, and use of handguns in the United States.
Debated November 19, 2015: This Union believes that U.S. should extend Medicare to all citizens and permanent residents, paid for by an increase in income taxes.
Debated October 22, 2015: This Union is resolved that United States should enact the College for All Act, as proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Debated September 17, 2015: This Union is resolved that United States should approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.
Debated April 23, 2015: This House is resolved that the U.S. should oppose the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
Debated March 26, 2015: This House is resolved that all jurisdictions in the United States should legalize prostitution.
Debated February 19, 2015: This House approves construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Debated January 22, 2015: This House would remove the Electoral College and replace the existing first-past-the-post voting system with a preferential voting system across all States for all federal elections.
Debated November 20, 2014: This House would provide universal access to high-quality preschool programs for American children.
Debated October 16, 2014: This House believes that the United States should escalate its involvement in Syria.
Debated September 18, 2014: This House would replace the current graduated U.S. personal income tax system and all of its associated exemptions with a twenty-five percent flat personal income tax rate.