March 10th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
11 years ago

House votes to create panel to plan Reagan centennial

A new panel will plan events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth.

A new panel will plan events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House voted Monday night to approve the creation of a panel to plan a celebration of the centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth in February of 2011.

Earmark opponent Jeff Flake and former presidential candidate Ron Paul were the only Republicans who did not vote in favor of the measure, which passed 371-19.

The 11 members of the Reagan Centennial Commission will not be compensated, but the Congressional Budget Office estimated last month that reimbursement for travel expenses and other associated administrative costs would bring the eventual price tag for the project to roughly $1 million.

Update: The estimated $1 million cost of the project will not be covered by federal funds, according to a provision added to the bill before final passage by the House.


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soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. K

    Reagan the most overated president ever, he left office leaving a 5 Trillion deficit when the previous 200 years of American Presidents left a 1 trillion deficit

    He began arming Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden who later became our enemies

    He began deregulating Wall Street and all the banks which led us to the mess we see today

    He cut profgrams for poor people because basically he didnt give 2 craps about anyone who wasnt wealthy

    Ronald Reagan was the biggest piece of garbage in American history, worse then Bush Jr and his father who were just following in his foot steps

    Republicans have done a good job of proping Reagan to be a saint but we can thank him for pretty much all our problems

    March 10, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Typical White Person

    @ Gerry – "Hey, thats just what this country needs, a ONE MILLION DOLLAR birthday bash for the president who was SO THRIFTY he crushed the Air Traffic Control Union and put a bunch of people out of work..."

    And the airlines continued to function using non-union workers and continuied to deliver the safest air travel in the world. Guess the union wasn't that important to anyone but the union members who were trying to put a stranglehold on the airlines and jack up the cost of flying.

    Kind of like how the UAW has succeeded in putting a straglehold on the domestic car industry and jacked up the cost of American cars.

    That said, this is a waste of money and should be privately funded, not publically funded.

    March 10, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. jelly beans

    I think Ronald Reagan would be ASHAMED of what the republican party has become, if they want to celebrate his birthday, let them take it out of their salaries, not the taxpayers.

    March 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Baze

    Oh Jesus, can we get off the Reaganism already?

    March 10, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. K

    Democrats are idiots(for voting for this), Republicans and these criminal Reaganites are the reason America is in the bad shape it is in

    All these wealthy Republicans are just going to run with this and use this as leverage for their 2012 campaign

    Republicans only care about the wealthy, that was the purpose of the Reagan administration, to put the nations wealth into the top 1% and so far it has been a success

    And dont you love how they cry about wasted tax dollars yet they have no problem wasting a million bux on this

    Republicans are the true scum of the earth, people like Ronald Reagan need to be called out on what they are

    March 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Typical White Person

    @ Gerry – "Hey, thats just what this country needs, a ONE MILLION DOLLAR birthday bash for the president who was SO THRIFTY he crushed the Air Traffic Control Union and put a bunch of people out of work..."

    And the airlines continued to function using non-union workers and continued to deliver the safest air travel in the world. Guess the union wasn't that important to anyone but the union members who were trying to extort the airlines and inflate the cost of flying.

    Kind of like how the U A W has succeeded in extorting the domestic car industry and inflated the cost of American cars.

    That said, this is a waste of money and should be privately funded, not publically funded.

    March 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Gold Star Son

    A real president who deserves the honor. Not like the current 'tingly leg' one.

    March 10, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. ron

    Reagan removed the solar panels that Carter symbolically placed on the White House roof. Imagine our country today if he had embraced this ideology and pushed our country towards energy independence instead of thie ridiculous trickle-down economics that has nearly led our country to ruin.

    March 10, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. GEE

    the trickle down king is this king russes idea how funny

    March 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Bill Williams

    He gave Iraq WMD's and chemical weapons.

    So would we even be over there, wasting millions of dollars and the lives of our troops if it wasn't for him?

    March 10, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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