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Background

In government resolutions, sometimes you have text worded as below:

Whereas the United States is currently experiencing several related crises, with— ....

Whereas climate change, pollution, and environmental destruction have...

to separate clauses. An example of this wording structure can be seen here. I added elipses since the content is irrelevant to the context of this question.

The structure and placement of the word "Whereas" seems intentional. It exclusively appears at the beginning of clauses that are spaced out. Hence my question...

Question

Does the word "Whereas" serve a specific procedural purpose in U.S. government resolutions?

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