Whereas the citizens of the United States can individually play a major role at improving foreign relations by building bridges and making connections with citizens of other nations;
Whereas having a passport and traveling abroad creates connections with the global community, supporting goodwill throughout the world;
Whereas less than 23% of Americans have their passport, thereby limiting their ability to travel outside the United States;
Whereas the more Americans travel outside the United States, the greater the opportunities to increase understanding of the world and our place in it;
Whereas having a passport and traveling abroad promotes, understanding and goodwill throughout the world, opening the doors to increased peace, tolerance and acceptance;
Whereas the creation and support of a National Passport Month signals to American citizens the important role they can play as ambassadors for their country serving as agents of understanding, tolerance and mutual respect;
Whereas having a passport and traveling abroad opens up a preponderance of educational opportunities and experiences for Americans of all ages;
Whereas having a passport and traveling abroad enables Americans to see first-hand their effect on the world, including the tremendous amount of humanitarian aid given by American citizens through both public and private sectors;
Whereas having a passport and traveling abroad reminds us that we are members of one grand, globe-encircling family, mending rifts around the world;
Whereas interacting with the global community inspires Americans to reflect on the diverse multi-cultural background that has defined America as a great nation of cooperation and progress;
Whereas travel publishers along with travel editors from the nation's most prestigious media outlets, student travel organization and book sellers across America have designated September as 'National Passport Month' to educate the public about the importance of having a passport and the positive impact travel abroad has on individuals while traveling and once they return home: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) supports the goals and ideals of National Passport Month; and
(2) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling on the Federal Government, States, localities, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, other entities, and the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate programs and activities.
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