CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 710 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) on July 31, 2009.
H.Res. 701 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the goals and ideals of "National Estuaries Day";
• "Acknowledges the importance of estuaries to the Nation's economic well-being and productivity;
• "Recognizes the persistent threats that undermine the health of the Nation's estuaries;
• "Applauds the work of national and community organizations and public partners to promote public awareness, protection, and restoration of estuaries; and
• "Reaffirms its support for estuaries, including the preservation, protection, and restoration thereof, and expresses its intent to continue working to protect and restore the estuaries of the United States."
According to the resolution's findings, the estuary regions of the United States comprise a significant share of the national economy, with 43 percent of the population, 40 percent of employment, and 49 percent of economic output located in such regions.