H.Res. 739: Honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug for his many contributions to alleviating world hunger

H.Res. 739

Honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug for his many contributions to alleviating world hunger

Date
September 30, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

H.Res. 739 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) on September 14, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 731 resolves that the House of Representatives "honors the life and achievements of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug for his many contributions to alleviating world hunger."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, Norman E. Borlaug was born on March 25, 1914, and grew up outside Cresco, Iowa. Dr. Borlaug attended the University of Minnesota, where he received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He spent 20 years working in rural Mexico where he made his breakthrough achievement in developing a strain of wheat that could exponentially increase yields while actively resisting disease. In 1970, Dr. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize, the only person working in agriculture to ever be so honored. Since then he has received numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.