|Sponsor||Rep. Poe, Ted|
|Date||May 12, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Res. 378 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on April 29, 2009.
H.Res. 378 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Acknowledges the 30th anniversary of the election of Margaret Thatcher as the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain;
• "Pays tribute to the remarkable professional achievements of Margaret Thatcher;
• "Recognizes Prime Minister Thatcher's dedicated work in promoting individual rights and free markets around the world; and
• "Appreciates the strong diplomatic relationship between the United States and Great Britain fostered by Prime Minister Thatcher."
May 4, 2009, marked the 30th anniversary of the first woman sworn in as the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher was Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1979 to 1990, and at the time of her resignation, she was Britain's longest continuously serving Prime Minster since 1827.
Prime Minister Thatcher was Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990, the only woman to ever hold that post. Margaret Thatcher gave birth to an ideology known as "Thatcherism" which emphasized individual responsibility in the British Government's monetary and social policies. Cooperation between Prime Minister Thatcher, President Ronald Reagan, and Pope John Paul II were key forces in the collapse of communism in the former Soviet Union. In 1992, the Queen of England bestowed a life peerage upon Margaret Thatcher, giving her the title of Baroness and a lifetime seat in the House of Lords.