CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.J.Res. 44 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.J.Res. 44 was introduced on April 29, 2009, by Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO).
H.J.Res. 44 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the service, sacrifice, honor, and professionalism of the Noncommissioned Officers of the United States Army;
• "Expresses its deepest appreciation to the Noncommissioned Officers of the Army who serve or have served in defense of the United States; and
• "Encourages the people of the United States to recognize, commemorate, and honor the role and contribution of Noncommissioned Officers, past and present, in defense of the United States."
According to the resolution's findings, the Noncommissioned Officer ranks, namely corporals and sergeants, date back more than 230 years in United States Army history. Noncommissioned Officers are considered the "eyes and ears" of the commander, and have a reputation for having the operational and strategic awareness to interpret and issue orders as necessary within their duties and in the absence of commissioned officers.