CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Con.Res. 127 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on May 14, 2009.
H.Con.Res. 127 would resolve that Congress:
According to the resolution's findings, since 1820, millions of people have emigrated from the Caribbean region to the United States. Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the United States and the first Secretary of the Treasury, was born in the Caribbean, and many influential Caribbean-Americans have contributed to the rich history of the United States, including Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the pioneer settler of Chicago; Claude McKay, a poet of the Harlem Renaissance; James Weldon Johnson, the writer of the Black National Anthem; Celia Cruz, the world-renowned queen of Salsa music; and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American Congresswoman and first African-American woman candidate for President. In June 2008, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation declaring June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.