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Commemorating The 150Th Anniversary Of Italian Unification

Sen. Harry Reid

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Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of S. Res. 394, submitted earlier today.

Without objection, it is so ordered.

The clerk will report the resolution by title.

The legislative clerk read as follows:

A resolution (S. Res. 394) commemorating the 150th anniversary of Italian unification and the beginning of the warm and abiding relations between the people of the United States and Italy.

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the resolution.

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate, and that any statements relating to the measure be printed in the Record.

Without objection, it is so ordered.

The resolution (S. Res. 394) was agreed to.

The preamble was agreed to.

The resolution, with its preamble, reads as follows:

Whereas it has been 150 years since March 17, 1861, when the parliament of a united Italy proclaimed Victor Emmanuel II their king; Whereas the story of the Italian Risorgimento, in particular Giuseppe Garibaldi's heroic adventures, have inspired generations of Americans; Whereas, between 1880 to 1920, an estimated 4,000,000 Italian immigrants arrived in the United States to settle and help build our Nation; Whereas today there are almost 18,000,000 Americans of Italian ancestry whose contributions to our society are diverse and profound; Whereas Italy has been a loyal NATO ally and a major strategic partner for over 60 years; Whereas Italian-Americans have made enormous contributions to the United States; and Whereas Italy remains a steadfast partner in the defense of a shared vision of fundamental human rights and the preservation of democratic ideals: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) recognizes the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the modern state of Italy; (2) celebrates the ties of kinship and shared democratic values that unite the two countries across the Atlantic; (3) honors the service and sacrifice of Italy's soldiers, sailors, and airmen alongside United States forces most recently in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya; and (4) reaffirms the friendship between the Government and people of the United States and the Government and people of Italy.