On August 1st, 2008, the United States Senate passed H.Con.Res 318, supporting the goals and ideals of the United Nations’ declaration of 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation. Introduced by Congressman Donald M. Payne and Senator Richard J. Durbin [D-IL], the concurrent resolution encourages the US government and other relevant stakeholders to recommit to helping developing countries obtain access to basic sanitation and safe drinking water.
Following its introduction on 14 March 2008, the resolution has passed in both the House of Representatives (10 June 2008) and in the Senate, and now takes effect. It does not require the signature of the President and does not have the force of law.
Source: U.S. Congress / allAfrica.com, 01 Aug 2008