CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1269 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH) on April 15, 2010.
H.Res. 1269 would resolve that the Congress the 400th anniversary of the first use of the telescope by Galileo Galilei for astronomical observation and marks this discovery as one of the major events impacting mankind, and expresses its gratitude for Galileo's expansion of the universe and mankind's understanding of his place in the cosmos, and that Congress joins the world in celebration of "The International Year of Astronomy".
According to the resolution's findings, 2009 is the 400th anniversary of the first use of the improved telescope capable of astronomical observations by its developer, the Italian Renaissance scientist Galileo Galilei.