May 12, 2009 - Issue: Vol. 155, No. 72 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 1st Session
SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 72
(Senate - May 12, 2009)
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[Page S5377] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS ______ SENATE RESOLUTION 142--DESIGNATING JULY 25, 2009, AS ``NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY'' Mr. ENZI (for himself, Mr. Barrasso, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Baucus, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Reid) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary: S. Res. 142 Whereas pioneering men and women, recognized as ``cowboys'', helped establish the American West; Whereas the cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic, and patriotism; Whereas the cowboy spirit exemplifies strength of character, sound family values, and good common sense; Whereas the cowboy archetype transcends ethnicity, gender, geographic boundaries, and political affiliations; Whereas the cowboy is an excellent steward of the land and its creatures, who lives off the land and works to protect and enhance the environment; Whereas cowboy traditions have been a part of American culture for generations; Whereas the cowboy continues to be an important part of the economy through the work of many thousands of ranchers across the Nation who contribute to the economic well-being of every State; Whereas millions of fans watch professional and working ranch rodeo events annually, and rodeo is one of the most- watched sports in the Nation; Whereas membership and participation in rodeo and other organizations that promote and encompass the livelihood of cowboys span every generation and transcend race and gender; Whereas the cowboy is a central figure in literature, film, and music and occupies a central place in the public imagination; Whereas the cowboy is an American icon; and Whereas the ongoing contributions made by cowboys and cowgirls to their communities should be recognized and encouraged: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) designates July 25, 2009, as ``National Day of the American Cowboy''; and (2) encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Mr. ENZI. Mr. President, I am proud to introduce a resolution today to designate Saturday, July 25, 2009 as ``National Day of the American Cowboy.'' My late colleague, Senator Craig Thomas, began the tradition of honoring the men and women known as ``Cowboys'' five years ago when he introduced the first resolution to designate the fourth Saturday of July as National Day of the American Cowboy. I'm proud to carry on Senator Thomas's tradition. The national day celebrates the history of Cowboys in America and recognizes the important work today's Cowboys are doing in the United States. The Cowboy Spirit is about honesty, integrity, courage, and patriotism, and Cowboys are models of strong character, sound family values, and good common sense. Cowboys were some of the first men and women to settle in the American West and they continue to make important contributions to our economy, Western culture and my home state of Wyoming today. This year's resolution designates July 25, 2009 as the National Day of the American Cowboy. I hope my colleagues will join me in recognizing the important role Cowboys play in our country. ____________________