September 29, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 148 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
SENATE RESOLUTION 599--EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF OCTOBER 20, 2016, AS THE ``NATIONAL DAY ON WRITING''; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 148
(Senate - September 29, 2016)
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[Pages S6276-S6277] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE RESOLUTION 599--EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF OCTOBER 20, 2016, AS THE ``NATIONAL DAY ON WRITING'' Mr. CASEY (for himself, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Cochran, Ms. Ayotte, and Mr. Wicker) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary: S. Res. 599 Whereas people in the 21st century are writing more than ever before for personal, professional, and civic purposes; Whereas the social nature of writing invites people of every age, profession, and walk of life to create meaning through composing; Whereas more and more people in every occupation consider writing to be essential and influential in their work; Whereas individuals who write continue to learn how to write for different purposes, audiences, and occasions throughout their lifetimes; Whereas developing digital technologies expand the possibilities for composing in multiple media at a faster pace than ever before; [[Page S6277]] Whereas young people are leading the way in developing new forms of composing by using different forms of digital media; Whereas effective communication contributes to building a global economy and a global community; Whereas the National Council of Teachers of English, in conjunction with its many national and local partners, honors and celebrates the importance of writing through the National Day on Writing; Whereas the National Day on Writing celebrates the foundational place of writing in the personal, professional, and civic lives of the people of the United States; Whereas the National Day on Writing highlights the importance of writing instruction and practice at every educational level and in every subject area; Whereas the National Day on Writing emphasizes the lifelong process of learning to write and compose for different audiences, purposes, and occasions; Whereas the National Day on Writing honors the use of the full range of media for composing, from traditional tools, including print, audio, and video, to social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and Internet website tools, including blogs, wikis, and podcasts; Whereas the National Day on Writing encourages all people of the United States and overseas to write, enjoy, and learn from the writing of others; Whereas in 2015, the hashtag #WhyIWrite generated over 60,000 tweets and reached millions of people, encouraging students, from elementary school through the university level, athletes, authors, and artists from all over the world to participate; and Whereas, on the National Day of Writing in 2016, the National Council of Teachers of English encourages all people of the United States to tell others #WhyIWrite through print, social media, or other means: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) supports the designation of October 20, 2016, as the ``National Day on Writing''; (2) strongly affirms the purposes of the National Day on Writing; and (3) encourages educational institutions, businesses, community and civic associations, and other organizations to celebrate and promote the National Day on Writing. ____________________