WASHINGTON DC (WAOW)--Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the United States House of Representatives and the Senate pass a resolution honoring the founder, late Senator and Governor Gaylord Nelson.
Congressman Dave Obey sponsored the legislation in the House because he believes Nelson's leadership led to an era of environmental awareness. "The first Earth Day launched an environmental decade, an unparalleled period of legislative and grassroots activity that resulted in passage of 28 major pieces of environmental legislation from 1970 to 1980 alone," Obey said on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.
Nelson served 4 years as Wisconsin Governor and 18 years in the Senate.
The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970.
On the other side of the Capitol, Senator Russ Feingold spoke out in favor of the legislation.
He, along with Senator Herb Kohl, introduced the resolution last month.