May 6, 2004 - Issue: Vol. 150, No. 62 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 2nd Session
(Senate - May 06, 2004)
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[Pages S5003-S5004] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS ______ SENATE RESOLUTION 353--DESIGNATING MAY 2004 AS ``OLDER AMERICANS' MONTH'' Mr. CRAIG submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary: S. Res. 353 Whereas today's older Americans are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives than any other time in our history, and; Whereas older Americans exemplify the theme of ``Aging Well, Living Well'' by continuing to give their time to our communities, their knowledge to our children, their experience to our workplace, and their wisdom to all of us, and; Whereas there are now more than 50,000 people in the United States 100 years old or older, and; Whereas more than 47 million Americans are now 60 years old or older, and; Whereas the opportunities and challenges that await our Nation require our Nation to continue to commit to the goal of improving the quality of life for all older Americans; Whereas it is appropriate for our Nation to continue the tradition of designating the month of May as a time to celebrate the contributions of older Americans and to rededicate its effort to respect and better serve older Americans: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) designates May 2004, as `Older Americans Month'; [[Page S5004]] (2) commends the President on the issuance of his proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe such month with appropriate ceremonies and activities that publicly reaffirm our gratitude and respect for older Americans. Mr. CRAIG. Mr. President, I rise today to submit a resolution honoring May as Older Americans' Month. I am here today to celebrate May as Older Americans' Month. Since 1963, May has been the official month during which we pay tribute to the contributions of our 47 million older Americans. It is during this month that we, as a Nation, recognize older Americans for their service, hard work and sacrifice that helped assure us the freedom and security which we continue to cherish. This year's theme of ``Aging Well, Living Well'' reflects the lifestyle and attitude of today's older Americans. Not only should we take this time to show our appreciation and respect for America's seniors, but also to acknowledge that seniors of today and tomorrow will continue making significant contributions to our communities through their wisdom and experience, in the workplace, in civic leadership and in our homes. They gave, they give, and they will continue to give to this country. I am committed to working hard on behalf of our seniors. As the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, we have pursued an ambitious agenda. The committee has examined issues including the Medicare law, long-term care policy, internet fraud, Social Security, assistive technology, the Older Americans Act, and healthy aging. In addition, this year I believe we have special reason to celebrate. Last year, Congress passed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. I am especially pleased that we are now able to provide prescription drug benefits to those seniors most in need. This is an important step in putting Medicare on a more modern and secure footing as the 77-million-strong Baby Boomer generation moves closer to retirement age. Our commitment to America's seniors must continue beyond this one month of special recognition. With re-authorization of the Older Americans' Act on the horizon, we have an opportunity to focus on the needs of today's seniors, and the challenges that the baby boomer generation will bring. It is also an opportunity to design an act that promotes seamlessness and one that works well with other programs and initiatives to promote non-institutional care, maximizing successful outcomes, and empower older Americans to optimize autonomy and independence and one that promotes ``Aging Well and Living Well.''. Seniors are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives than any other time in our history. In the tradition of Older Americans' Month, I am submitting a resolution in the Senate calling on the people of the United States to observe the month of May 2004 as Older Americans' Month and to encourage all Americans to promote awareness through ceremonies, programs, and other activities that promote acknowledgment, gratitude, and respect for American seniors. I ask all of you to celebrate with me Older Americans' Month this May. ______ SENATE RESOLUTION 354--EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE SENATE THAT THE ABU GHRAIB PRISON MUST BE DEMOLISHED TO UNDERSCORE THE UNITED STATES' ABHORRENCE OF THE MISTREATMENT OF PRISONERS IN IRAQ Mr. CRAIG (for himself and Mr. Nelson of Nebraska) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations: Whereas the Abu Ghraib prison was used by Saddam Hussein to execute and torture thousands of men, women, and children; Whereas Saddam and his Special Security Organization oversaw the execution of thousands of political prisoners; Whereas the Abu Ghraib prison is notoriously known as a death chamber by the Iraqi people; Whereas the Abu Ghraib prison is arguably the largest and most feared prison in the Arab world; Whereas it is widely known that one of Saddam's sons, in one day, ordered the execution of 3000 prisoners at the prison; Whereas the recent reports of atrocities and abhorrent mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison are un-American, do not represent our values, and have sent the wrong message about the United States' intentions in Iraq; Whereas the American people will not tolerate the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners; Whereas the American people view this prison as a symbol of evil, and where past cruel torture and mistreatment occurred; Whereas the American people would like to rid the world of this evil place where past, and unfortunately current reported mistreatment has occurred; Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that the Abu Ghraib prison, also known as the Baghdad Central Detention Center, be completely demolished as an expression and symbolic gesture that the American people will not tolerate the past and current mistreatment of prisoners. ______ SENATE RESOLUTION 355--TO AUTHORIZE THE PRODUCTION OF RECORDS BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION Mr. FRIST (for himself and Mr. DASCHLE) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to: S. Res. 355 Whereas, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has been conducting an inquiry into the potential use of banned performance-enhancing drugs by U.S. Olympic sport athletes; Whereas, the Committee has received requests from both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that the latter gain access to records of the Committee's inquiry; Whereas, by the privileges of the Senate of the United States and Rule XI of the Standing Rules of the Senate, no evidence under the control or in the possession of the Senate can, by administrative or judicial process, be taken from such control or possession but by permission of the Senate; and Whereas, when it appears that evidence under the control or in the possession of the Senate is needed for the promotion of justice, the Senate will take such action as will promote the ends of justice consistent with the privileges of the Senate: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, acting jointly, are authorized to provide to the U.S. Anti- Doping Agency the documents subpoenaed by the Committee regarding the potential use of banned performance-enhancing drugs by U.S. Olympic sport athletes. ______ SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 104--EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT KIDS LOVE A MYSTERY IS A PROGRAM THAT PROMOTES LITERACY AND SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED Ms. MIKULSKI (for herself and Mr. Kennedy) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: S. Con. Res. 104 Whereas knowledge, wisdom, and children are the greatest assets of a democracy; Whereas books enable one generation to pass on its knowledge and wisdom to the next; Whereas learning to read is one of the greatest privileges the Nation extends to its children; Whereas children most often choose mysteries as their favorite books; Whereas the Mystery Writers of America sponsors Kids Love a Mystery, an outreach program designed to bring mystery writers and children together to encourage literacy and the love of reading; and Whereas the Mystery Writers of America recognizes the value in celebrate the importance of reading for children: Now, therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that-- (1) Kids Love a Mystery is a program that helps promote literacy and reading and should be supported and encouraged; and (2) the President should issue a proclamation encouraging the people of the United States and interested groups to promote Kids Love a Mystery with appropriate programs and activities. ____________________