RONALD REAGAN CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT -- (House of Representatives - July 22, 2008)
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Mr. DAVIS of Virginia. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
I again want to thank Mr. Gallegly and Mr. Blunt for their work and leadership on this bill, and for Mr. Waxman, the chairman of the committee,
for enabling this to move forward in such an expeditious manner.
On 9 separate occasions, Congress has established a commission or a joint committee to celebrate the life and accomplishments of one of our Nation's Presidents or First Ladies. To date, we have honored James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, his wife, Eleanor, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.
Madam Speaker, H.R. 5235, The Reagan Centennial Commission Act, would create a commission to add Ronald Reagan to that list. Like previous commissions, the Reagan Commission will use the occasion of what would have been President Reagan's 100th birthday in 2011 to call attention to his life and his numerous accomplishments.
The commission will plan activities for the year leading up to the President's birthday. In the past, activities have included essay contests for students, research papers, symposiums, events at particular historical sites, and even joint sessions of Congress.
The commission will be composed of Members of Congress and individuals who have a knowledge or other expertise concerning the life of President Reagan, including his childhood, his career in Hollywood and his political career and legacy. Given the impact of President Reagan on his beloved California, the United States and the world, this is a fitting and a proper tribute.
Madam Speaker, Ronald Reagan transformed our Nation. He spoke of limited government, commonsense values, and the bedrock notion of democracy which built this country. He embodied the optimism, the principles and the determination of our citizens and our Nation. The American people responded to his call, and he led this country back from a decade of decline, transforming politics forever.
As a broadcaster, as an actor, as Governor and as President, he gave voice to America.
I am pleased to support this legislation, and I ask my colleagues to join me.
Madam Speaker, I yield the balance of my time.
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