CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 518 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, June 7, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on June 8, 2009.
H.Res. 518 would resolve that the House of Representatives honors the life, achievements, and distinguished career of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, explorer, researcher, and pioneer in the field of marine conservation.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French Naval officer, underwater explorer, and filmmaker who made documentary movies about the sea. According to findings listed in the resolution, Cousteau was born on June 11 in 1910, and entered the French Naval Academy when he was 20 years old. In 1950, Cousteau founded the French Oceanographic and set out to make underwater films. Cousteau shot the first ever color footage taken below a depth of 150 feet in the early 1950s and invented new equipment for filming below the ocean's surface. In 1973 Cousteau founded the Cousteau Society for the Protection of Ocean Life, which has over 360,000 members today. In addition, Cousteau received the Grand Croix dans l'Ordre National du Merite from the French government and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan. Cousteau died in 1997 in Paris.