H.R. 131: Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act

H.R. 131

Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act

March 9, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. 131 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Elton Gallegly (R-CA) on January 6, 2009, and referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, which took no official action.

H.R. 131 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, March 9, 2009.


Bill Summary

H.R. 131 would establish the ‘Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission.' The Commission would plan, prepare, and carry out activities to honor and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Reagan. The Commission would also provide assistance and advice to other Federal, State, and local governmental agencies, as well as civic groups that plan to carry out activities to mark the occasion.

The Commission would be composed of 16 members, which must include: the U.S. Archivist; the Secretary of the Interior; three members appointed by the President; six members appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Library and Foundation from among individuals who have biographical knowledge of the life of President Reagan; the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; two Members of the House of Representatives (appointed by the Speaker and the minority leader); and two senators (appointed by the majority leader and the minority leader). Members of the Commission serve for life terms and without compensation.

The Commission may appoint and compensate an executive director as well as a staff charged with implementing the Commission's plans for the celebration. The bill also allows for the Commission to accept volunteers to assist in the project and allows the Secretary of the Interior and the Archivist to provide assistance to the Commission on a reimbursable basis.

The Commission would be authorized to hold hearings to prepare for the celebration, contract with government and private entities as well as solicit, accept, and use gifts of money, services, and donations of real and personal property for the 100th anniversary celebration.

The Commission would report to the President and Congress annually on all revenues and expenditures, and include a list of all gifts given to the commission valued at more than $250 as well as the name of the donor. A final report to the President and Congress, detailing a summary of event and a final accounting of receipts and expenditures, must be submitted by April 30, 2011. The Commission must terminate after it submits its final report, but no later than May 30, 2011.



Ronald Reagan, the fortieth President of the United States, was born in 1911 in Illinois. Reagan moved to California in 1937 and became an actor and eventually the president of the Screen Actors Guild. Reagan was elected Governor of California in 1967 and served two terms. In 1980, Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter to become the 40th President of the U.S.

During his two terms as President of the United States, Reagan vigorously promoted individual freedom and rebuilt the military. President Reagan also cut taxes and implemented supply-side economic policies.

Ronald Reagan died in California on June 5, 2004, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. President Reagan, "the Great Communicator", is survived by his wife Nancy and their children.

Similar legislation, H.R. 5235, was considered in the 100th Congress on July 22, 2008, and passed by voice vote, but was not considered in the Senate.



A CBO score for H.R. 131 was not available.