Isn't "This House believes" just another way of saying "Resolved:"?
Yes and no. "TH" gives the aff the ability to define who the judge is (in theory). But since its not unusual for policy resolutions to start with THBT, its kinda neutral from a trichot perspective.
I was referring to the rest of the res. Because there is no action verb and "is" merely states a fact, it is a fact debate. The aff can only uphold the resolution as it is grammatically written. There is no command, implied or explicit, in the res. Thus it is fact. You could
run it as value off the word "believes," but I wouldn't.