H.Res. 428 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) on May 12, 2009.
H.Res. 428 would resolve that Congress:
- "Commends the millions of fathers who serve as a wonderful, caring parent for their children;
- "Calls on fathers across the United States to use Father's Day to reconnect and rededicate themselves to their children's lives, to spend Father's Day with their children, and to express their love and support for their children;
- "Urges men to understand the level of responsibility fathering a child requires, especially in the encouragement of the mental, moral, social, academic, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of children; and
- "Encourages active involvement of fathers in the rearing and development of their children, including the devotion of time, energy, and resources."
According to the resolution's findings, children with involved fathers are more likely to do well in school, have a better sense of well-being, and have fewer behavioral problems. Supportive fathers promote the positive physical, social, emotional, moral, and mental development of children, and promoting responsible fatherhood can help increase the chances that children will grow up with two caring parents.