May 20th, 2009
01:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate votes to create panel to plan Reagan centennial

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate voted by unanimous consent Tuesday night to approve the creation of a panel to plan a celebration of the centennial of former President Ronald Reagan's birth in February of 2011.

The measure passed the House in March, 371-19. Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake and former presidential candidate Ron Paul were the only congressional Republicans who did not vote in favor of the proposal.

The 11 members of the Reagan Centennial Commission will not be compensated. The Congressional Budget Office estimated earlier this year that reimbursement for travel expenses and other associated administrative costs would bring the eventual price tag for the project to roughly $1 million, which will be covered by private donations, not federal funds.

Next month, Congress will hold an event welcoming California's statute of Reagan to the Capitol.

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