CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1133 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 by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) on March 2, 2010.
H.Res. 1133 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the extraordinary number of African-Americans who have overcome significant obstacles to enhance innovation and competitiveness in the field of science in the United States;
• "Honors and recognizes all African-American innovators who have contributed to scientific education and research, directly and indirectly, whose contributions have increased economic empowerment in the United States; and
• "Encourages the Administration to invest in programs that are proven effective to lessen the achievement gap of African-Americans as well as other minority and disadvantaged groups in the sciences and ultimately strengthen competitiveness in the United States."
According to the resolution's findings, many African-Americans have overcome extraordinary odds to advance scientific contributions to mankind.