[Congressional Record Volume 150, Number 93 (Thursday, July 8, 2004)]
[Senate]
[Pages S7842-S7843]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]




                         SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS

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   SENATE RESOLUTION 401--DESIGNATING THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 7 THROUGH 
NOVEMBER 13, 2004, AS ``NATIONAL VETERANS AWARENESS WEEK'' TO EMPHASIZE 
THE NEED TO DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS REGARDING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF 
                        VETERANS TO THE COUNTRY.

  Mr. BIDEN (for himself, Mr. Allen, Mr. Bond, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Breaux, 
Mr. Bunning, Mr. Campbell, Ms. Cantwell, Mr. Carper, Mr. Chafee, Mr. 
Chambliss, Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Coleman, Ms. Collins, Mr. 
Conrad, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Corzine, Mr. Dayton, Mrs. Dole, Mr. Dorgan, Mr. 
Durbin, Mr. Feingold, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Graham of Florida, Mr. 
Grassley, Mr. Gregg, Mr. Hagel, Mr. Hollings, Mr. Inouye, Mr. Johnson, 
Mr. Kennedy, Ms. Landrieu, Mr. Levin, Mr. Lieberman, Mrs. Lincoln, Mr. 
Lugar, Mr. Miller, Ms. Murkowski, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Nelson of Florida, 
Mr. Rockefeller, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Sessions, Ms. Snowe, Mr. Specter, 
Mr. Sununu, Mr. Talent, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Voinovich, Mr. Warner, Mr. 
Wyden, and Mr. Smith) submitted the following resolution; which was 
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

                              S. Res. 401

       Whereas tens of millions of Americans have served in the 
     Armed Forces of the United States during the past century;
       Whereas hundreds of thousands of Americans have given their 
     lives while serving in the Armed Forces during the past 
     century;
       Whereas the contributions and sacrifices of the men and 
     women who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in 
     maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by the 
     people of the United States;
       Whereas the advent of the all-volunteer Armed Forces has 
     resulted in a sharp decline in the number of individuals and 
     families who have had any personal connection with the Armed 
     Forces;
       Whereas this reduction in familiarity with the Armed Forces 
     has resulted in a marked decrease in the awareness by young 
     people of the nature and importance of the accomplishments of 
     those who have served in the Armed Forces, despite the 
     current educational efforts of the Department of Veterans 
     Affairs and the veterans service organizations;
       Whereas the system of civilian control of the Armed Forces 
     makes it essential that the future leaders of the Nation 
     understand the history of military action and the 
     contributions and sacrifices of those who conduct such 
     actions; and
       Whereas, on November 10, 2003, President George W. Bush 
     issued a proclamation urging all the people of the United 
     States to observe November 9 through November 15, 2003, as 
     ``National Veterans Awareness Week'': Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved,

     SECTION 1. NATIONAL VETERANS AWARENESS WEEK.

       (a) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the President should designate the week of November 7 
     through November 13, 2004, as ``National Veterans Awareness 
     Week''.
       (b) Proclamation.--The Senate requests the President to 
     issue a proclamation--
       (1) designating the week of November 7 through November 13, 
     2004, as ``National Veterans Awareness Week'' for the purpose 
     of emphasizing educational efforts directed at elementary and 
     secondary school students concerning the contributions and 
     sacrifices of veterans; and
       (2) calling on the people of the United States to observe 
     National Veterans Awareness Week with appropriate educational 
     activities.
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 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 121--SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF 
                       THE WORLD YEAR OF PHYSICS

  Mr. BINGAMAN (for himself and Mr. Domenici) submitted the following 
concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy 
and Natural Resources:

                            S. Con. Res. 121

       Whereas throughout history, physics has contributed to 
     knowledge, civilization, and culture around the world;
       Whereas physics research has been and continues to be a 
     driving force for scientific, technological, and economic 
     development;
       Whereas many emerging fields in science and technology, 
     such as nanoscience, information technology, and 
     biotechnology, are substantially based on, and derive many 
     tools from, fundamental discoveries in physics and physics 
     applications;
       Whereas physics will continue to play a vital role in 
     addressing many 21st-century challenges relating to 
     sustainable development, including environmental 
     conservation, clean sources of energy, public health, and 
     security;
       Whereas Albert Einstein is a widely recognized scientific 
     figure who contributed enormously to the development of 
     physics, beginning in 1905 with Einstein's groundbreaking 
     papers on the photoelectric effect, the size of molecules, 
     Brownian motion, and the theory of relativity that led to 
     Einstein's most famous equation, E = mc2;
       Whereas 2005 will be the 100th anniversary of the 
     publication of those groundbreaking papers;
       Whereas the General Assembly of the International Union of 
     Pure and Applied Physics unanimously approved the proposition 
     designating 2005 as the World Year of Physics; and
       Whereas the Department of Energy is the leading source of 
     Federal support for academic physics research, accounting for 
     a majority of Federal funding for physics: Now, therefore, be 
     it
       Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives 
     concurring), That Congress--
       (1) supports the goals and ideals of the World Year of 
     Physics, as designated by the

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     General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and 
     Applied Physics;
       (2) encourages the people of the United States to observe 
     the World Year of Physics as a special occasion for giving 
     impetus to--
       (A) education and research in physics; and
       (B) the public's understanding of physics;
       (3) calls on the Secretary of Energy to lead and coordinate 
     Federal activities to commemorate the World Year of Physics;
       (4) encourages the Secretary, all science-related 
     organizations, the private sector, and the media to highlight 
     and give enhanced recognition to--
       (A) the role of physics in social, cultural, and economic 
     development; and
       (B) the positive impact and contributions of physics to 
     society; and
       (5) encourages the Secretary and all people involved in 
     physics education and research to take additional steps 
     (including strengthening existing and emerging fields of 
     physics research and promoting the understanding of physics) 
     to ensure that--
       (A) support for physics continues; and
       (B) physics studies at all levels continue to attract an 
     adequate number of students.

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