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Text of the W. John Child Memorial Foreign Language Award Act of 2000

This bill was introduced on October 18, 2000, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 18, 2000 (Introduced).

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HR 5487 IH

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5487

To establish the W. John Child Memorial Foreign Language Award to recognize foreign language proficiency by members of the Foreign Service who are employees of the Department of Agriculture.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 18, 2000

Mr. EHRLICH introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations


A BILL

To establish the W. John Child Memorial Foreign Language Award to recognize foreign language proficiency by members of the Foreign Service who are employees of the Department of Agriculture.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘W. John Child Memorial Foreign Language Award Act of 2000’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress makes the following findings:

      (1) The late W. John Child was an exemplary Foreign Agricultural Service Officer of the Department of Agriculture who worked tirelessly for decades to open the Japanese market to United States agricultural products.

      (2) For 27 and a half years, Mr. Child served the United States with the utmost distinction and honor and made an extraordinary contribution to the cause of American agriculture in the Japanese market.

      (3) Much of Mr. Child’s success was due to his remarkable command of the Japanese language, whereby he was able to make the case for United States agriculture directly to the Japanese people.

      (4) Mr. Child’s efforts have demonstrated the importance of foreign language proficiency for Foreign Service officers serving in the United States Department of Agriculture.

      (5) Congress finds it appropriate to memorialize Mr. Child’s acomplishments by establishing a foreign language proficiency award for Foreign Service officers who are employees of the Department of Agriculture.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF W. JOHN CHILD MEMORIAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE AWARD.

    (a) ESTABLISHMENT- There is established an award designated the ‘W. John Child Memorial Foreign Language Award’ (hereinafter in this Act referred to as ‘the Award’) for the recognition of distinguished foreign language proficiency by members of the Foreign Service who are career officers or employees of the Department of Agriculture.

    (b) AWARD CITATION- Recipients of the Award shall receive a citation which shall be of such design as shall be determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

    (c) AUTHORITY- The Secretary of Agriculture shall designate annually one or more recipients of the Award from among individuals nominated for the Award pursuant to such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, after consultation with the Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service and the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture.

    (d) POSTHUMOUS AWARD- An Award may be made to an individual who is a former employee of the Department of Agriculture or to an individual who is deceased. The presentation of an award may be made to an individual’s next of kin or representative, as designated by the Secretary.

    (e) DEFINITION OF MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN SERVICE- In this Act, the term ‘member of the Foreign Service’ means any individual described under section 103 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980.