CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 731 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) on September 10, 2009.
H.Res. 731 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Commends the public servants of the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal agencies for their outstanding contributions to our Nation's homeland security;
• "Salutes the dedication of State, local, territorial, and tribal government officials, the private sector, and citizens across the country for their efforts to enhance the Nation's ability to prevent, deter, protect against, and prepare to respond to potential acts of terrorism;
• "Expresses the Nation's appreciation for the sacrifices and commitment of our law enforcement and emergency response personnel in preventing and preparing to respond to acts of terrorism;
• "Supports the goals and ideals of National Preparedness Month as they relate to the threat of terrorism; and
• "Urges the Federal Government, States, localities, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, other entities, and the people of the United States to observe National Preparedness Month with appropriate events and activities that promote citizen and community preparedness to respond to acts of terrorism."
According to the resolution's findings, State, local, territorial, and tribal government officials, the private sector, and ordinary citizens across the country have been working in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies to enhance our ability to prevent, deter, protect against, and prepare to respond to acts of terrorism. In response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress established DHS in March 2003, bringing together 22 agencies, enhancing their capabilities with major new divisions emphasizing terrorism-related information analysis, infrastructure protection, and science and technology, and focusing their employees on the critical mission of defending the U.S. against acts of terrorism. September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, which encourages all citizens to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.