|Sponsor||Rep. Woolsey, Lynn C.|
|Committee||Education and Labor|
|Date||March 24, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Con.Res. 77 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) on March 23, 2009.
H.Con.Res. 77 resolves that Congress:
• "Congratulates and honors Gallaudet University on the 145th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the legislation authorizing the establishment of collegiate programs at Gallaudet University; and
• "Congratulates Gallaudet University for 145 years of unique and exceptional service to the deaf citizens of the United States and the world deaf community."
According to the resolution's findings, this year the United States honored the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln. On April 8, 1864, President Lincoln signed into law legislation authorizing the conferring of collegiate degrees by the Columbia Institution for Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, which is now called Gallaudet University and located in Washington, D.C. Gallaudet University was the first, and is still the only, institution in the world that focuses on educational programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students from the pre-school through the doctoral level.