SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS; Congressional Record Vol. 158, No. 154
(Senate - December 04, 2012)

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                         SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS

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 SENATE RESOLUTION 608--SUPPORTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PRESIDENT'S 
                             YOUTH COUNCIL

  Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. Brown of Massachusetts, Mr. 
Begich, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Bingaman, and Ms. Murkowski) submitted the 
following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Health, 
Education, Labor, and Pensions:

                              S. Res. 608

       Whereas the unique perspectives and insights of young 
     people, especially young people who have participated in a 
     public policy-related program, outreach initiative, 
     internship, fellowship, or congressionally sponsored youth 
     advisory council, are essential to ensure that investments 
     made by the Federal Government in youth services are 
     effective and efficient;
       Whereas existing outreach and engagement mechanisms of the 
     Federal Government are often designed in ways that inhibit 
     participation by, and lead to the under-representation of, 
     young people in the policy-making process; and
       Whereas numerous Members of Congress, Governors, State 
     legislatures, mayors, and city councils have created youth 
     councils that have proven to be an effective means of 
     receiving input from young people, which leads to more 
     effective and efficient investments in youth services: Now, 
     therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) supports the establishment with private funds of a 
     President's Youth Council to--
       (A) advise the President and the executive branch on the 
     perspectives of young people;
       (B) suggest ways to make investments by the Federal 
     Government in youth services more effective and efficient; 
     and
       (C) provide recommendations on issues that will affect the 
     long-term future of the United States;
       (2) recommends that the members of the President's Youth 
     Council be young people who--
       (A) are appointed by the President, the majority leader and 
     minority leader of the Senate, and the Speaker and minority 
     leader of the House of Representatives;
       (B) are between 16 and 24 years of age;
       (C) have participated in a public policy-related program, 
     outreach initiative, internship, fellowship, or 
     congressionally sponsored youth advisory council;
       (D) can constructively contribute to policy deliberations;
       (E) can conduct outreach to solicit the views and 
     perspectives of peers; and
       (F) have backgrounds that reflect the racial, 
     socioeconomic, and geographic diversity of the United States; 
     and
       (3) recommends that the President's Youth Council as a 
     whole undertake activities to solicit the unique views and 
     perspectives of young people and bring those views and 
     perspectives to the attention of Congress and the head of 
     each department or agency of the Federal Government.

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