CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1027 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Friday, March 19, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced Del. Gregorio Sablan (D-MP) on January 21, 2010.
H.Res. 1027 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the 50th anniversary of the dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench and its valuable and historic scientific contributions;
• "Recognizes the lifetime achievements of Capt. Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard and their contributions to the furtherance of ocean science, ocean engineering, human exploration, and a better understanding of the planet;
• "Recognizes the Mariana Trench as one of the world's great ocean classrooms and the need to continue to explore its depths that can lead to great scientific discoveries; and
• "Recognizes the commitment of the United States to continue to educate the future leaders in ocean science and human exploration."
According to the resolution's findings, Captain Don Walsh, USN (ret.), Ph.D., and Jacques Piccard piloted the United States Navy's Trieste bathyscaphe to reach the deepest point in the world's oceans and remain the only two humans to ever achieve this historic feat.