Text of A joint resolution to authorize and request the President to issue a proclamation designating October 12 through October 19, 1980, ...

...October 19, 1980, as “Italian-American Heritage Week”.

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 13, 1980 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

Source: GPOStatutes at Large
94 STAT. 1888                     PUBLIC LAW 96-443—OCT. 13, 1980

                   Public Law 96-443
                   96th Congress
                                               Joint Resolution
  Oct. 13, 1980    To authorize and request the President to issue a proclamation designating October
 [H.J. Res. 568]          12 through October 19,1980, as "Italian-American Heritage Week .

                   Whereas the Congress fully recognizes that it is essential for the
                    people of the United States of America to understand and
                    respect the rich heritage of all American ethnic groups if we are
                    to maintain and foster the national unity; and
                   Whereas the many great contributions of Italian-Americans to our
                    country must be recognized and the deep Western roots of Ital-
                    ian-American culture, history, and traditions must be appreci-
                    ated; and
                   Whereas the long recognized American holiday of Columbus Day is
                    celebrated on the second Monday of October to commemorate the
                    discovery of America by the famous Italian geographer-naviga-
                    tor-explorer, and this day is of special significance to the Italian-
                    American community as a symbol of their essential contributions
                    to American society as courageous immigrants, hard-working
                    citizens, and true American achievers: Now, therefore, be it
                     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
Italian-           States of America in Congress assembled. That the President is
American           authorized and requested to issue a proclamation designating Octo-
Heritage Week.
Designation        ber 12 through October 19, 1980, as "Italian-American Heritage
authorization.     Week" and calling upon the people of the United States, State, and
                   local government agencies, and mterested organizations to observe
                   that week with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and pr(^ams.
                     Approved October 13, 1980.

                   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
                   CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 126 (1980):
                       Sept. 17, considered and passed House.
                       Sept. 30, considered and passed Senate.
                       Oct. 13, Presidential statement.