CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
S.J.Res. 9 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on February 10, 2009. The Senate passed the resolution on March 17, 2009, by unanimous consent.
S.J.Res. 9 resolves that the vacancy on the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, occurring due to the resignation of Eli Broad of California, is filled by the appointment of France A. Cordova of Indiana. The appointment is for a term of 6 years, effective on the date of enactment.
The Smithsonian Institution was established by Congress in 1846 as an independent trust organization of the U.S. The Smithsonian's charter provides that the institution is to be managed by a board of regents made up of representatives of all three branches of government and the private sector. Appointments to the board must be approved by a joint resolution of Congress.
A CBO score for S.J.Res. 9 was not available at press time. However, the legislation does not authorize any new spending.