H.Con.Res.269 - Recognizing the 40th anniversary of the White House Fellows Program.109th Congress (2005-2006)
Text: H.Con.Res.269 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)
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[Congressional Bills 109th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 269 Enrolled Bill (ENR)] H.Con.Res.269 Agreed to November 15, 2005 One Hundred Ninth Congress of the United States of America AT THE FIRST SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the fourth day of January, two thousand and five Concurrent Resolution Whereas in 1964, John W. Gardner presented the idea of selecting a handful of outstanding men and women to come to Washington to participate as Fellows and learn the workings of the highest levels of the Federal Government to learn about leadership as they observed the Nation's officials in action and met with these officials and other leaders of society, thereby strengthening the Fellows' abilities and desires to contribute to their communities, their professions, and their country; Whereas President Lyndon B. Johnson established the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, through Executive Order No. 11183, to create a program that would select between 11 and 19 outstanding young Americans every year and bring them to Washington for ``first hand, high-level experience in the workings of the Federal Government, to establish an era when the young men and women of America and their Government belonged to each other--belonged to each other in fact and in spirit''; Whereas the White House Fellows Program has steadfastly remained a nonpartisan program that has served 8 Presidents exceptionally well; Whereas the more than 600 White House Fellows that have served have established a legacy of leadership in every aspect of American society that includes appointments as Cabinet officials and senior White House staff, election to the House of Representatives, Senate, and State and local government, appointments to the Federal, State, and local judiciary, appointments as United States Attorneys, leadership in many of the Nation's largest corporations and law firms, service as presidents of colleges and universities, deans of our most distinguished graduate schools, officials in nonprofit organizations, distinguished scholars and historians, and service as senior leaders in every branch of the United States Armed Forces; Whereas this legacy of leadership is a national resource that has been used by the Nation in major challenges including organizing resettlement operations following the Vietnam War, assisting with the national response to terrorist attacks, managing the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and reforming and innovating in national and international securities and capital markets; Whereas the more than 600 White House Fellows have characterized their post-Fellowship years with a lifetime commitment to public service through continuing personal and professional renewal and association, creating a Fellows community of mutual support for leadership at every level of government and in every element of our national life; and Whereas September 1, 2005, marked the 40th anniversary of the first class of White House Fellows to serve this Nation: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress-- (1) recognizes the 40th anniversary of the White House Fellows program and commends the White House Fellows for their continuing lifetime commitment to public service; (2) acknowledges the legacy of leadership provided by White House Fellows over the years in their local communities, the Nation, and the world; and (3) expresses appreciation and support for the continuing leadership of White House Fellows in all aspects of our national life in the years ahead. Attest: Clerk of the House of Representatives. Attest: Secretary of the Senate.