H.Res. XX: Honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and encouraging the continued commitment to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national day of service

H.Res. XX

Honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and encouraging the continued commitment to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national day of service

Date
January 13, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res.__ is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA) on January 11, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.Res. __ would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Encourages all individuals in the United States to pay tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through participation in community service projects on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service;
• "Recognizes the inherent value of community service and volunteerism in the creation of civil society and as a means of non-violent community progress consistent with the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.;
• "Recognizes the benefits of the collaborative work by the many organizations that promote, facilitate, and carry out needed service projects nationwide;
• "Encourages its members and colleagues to urge their constituents to participate in community service projects; and
• "Acknowledges that by serving one's country, one's community, and one's neighbor our Nation makes progress in civility, equality, and unity consistent with the values and life's work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, the King Holiday and Service Act, a law designating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national day of volunteer service, was signed into law in 1994.