R 269
98-H 9137
Enacted 5/27/98

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N


Introduced By: Representatives Slater, Fox, Giannini, Costantino and Carpenter

Date Introduced : May 27, 1998

WHEREAS, Donna E. Shalala, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, has been a scholar educational administrator and a public servant for her entire career; and

WHEREAS, She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 22, 1993 to lead the federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. With a fiscal year 1997 budget of approximately $364 billion and 59,000 employees, HHS administers a wide variety of programs including Medicare, Medicaid and almost all of the federal welfare and children's programs; and

WHEREAS, As Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1988-1993, she was the first woman to head a Big Ten University. Prior to that, she served as president of Hunter College at the City University of New York for eight years, and as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing Urban Development during the Carter Administration; and

WHEREAS, A leading scholar on the political economy of state and local governments, Dr. Shalala has held tenured professorships at Columbia, CUNY and Wisconsin. From 1962-1964, she served in the Peace Corps in Iran; and

WHEREAS, Secretary Shalala has a long history of forging public/private partnerships. From 1975 to 1977, she served as director and treasurer of the Municipal Assistance Corporation, the organization that helped reverse New York's financial collapse. She has been a director of the American Stock Exchange, TAA-CREF and M & I Bank of Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, As a member of the Committee for Economic Development, she contributed to bipartisan reports on the basic health, welfare and educational needs of our youngest children; and

WHEREAS, At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Shalala administered the nation's largest public research university. During her tenure at UW, she helped to raise over $400 million for the university's endowment and spearheaded a $225 million state-private partnerships program to renovate and add to the university's research facilities for its world class scientists; and

WHEREAS, In 1992 BusinessWeek named her one of the top five managers in higher education. An expert on TOM, she is considered one of the most experienced and successful public managers in the country; and

WHEREAS, Since taking the helm at HHS, Secretary Shalala has shifted the focus of the Department to the everyday needs of all Americans. She is a leader in the administration's efforts to reform the nation's welfare system and improve health care while containing health costs. She is also carrying out management restructuring and reform at HHS, under the Vice Presidents initiative to "reinvent government," aimed at improving efficiency and service to constituents; and

WHEREAS, In announcing her appointment, then President elect Clinton noted her "astonishing leadership and her love of mountain climbing. Of all the mountains Donna Shalala has called, HHS may be the highest;" now therefore be it

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby designates Monday June 1, 1998 as Genesis Center -- Donna Shalala Day in the State of Rhode Island and also urges all Rhode Islanders to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Genesis Center, the top-notch school and support center for Refugees and Immigrants; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Donna Shalala, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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