CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 780 is expected to be considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) on September 25, 2009.
H.Res. 780 resolves that the House of Representatives "recognizes the celebration of Filipino American History Month as a study of the advancement of Filipino Americans, as a time of reflection and remembrance, and as a time to renew efforts toward the research and examination of history and culture in order to provide an opportunity for all people in the United States to learn and appreciate more about Filipino Americans and their historic contributions to the Nation; and urges the people of the United States to observe Filipino American History Month with appropriate programs and activities."
According to the resolution's findings, the Filipino American National Historical Society recognizes the year of 1763 as the date of the first permanent Filipino settlement in the United States in St. Malo Parrish, Louisiana.