CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 773 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, November 2, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) September 24, 2009.
H.Res. 773 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Is committed to promoting and sustaining the spirit of unity shared by members of the United States Submarine Force;
• "Is committed to paying tribute once again to the seven submariners who were awarded the Medal of Honor, including two who were awarded the medal posthumously;
• "Wishes to help keep alive the memory of the Submarine Force veterans and honor their service just as their fellow shipmates do at their gatherings by performing the ceremony known as the `Tolling of the Boats'; and
• "Is committed to keeping alive their memory so that the American people never forget their courage and sacrifice."
According to the resolution findings, submarines played both humane and special operations roles in the campaign against Japan, and in many of the hardest fought battles of World War II, submarine crews rescued unlucky carrier pilots who ended up in the sea.