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House OKs Gold Medal for Reagans

April 4, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The House has voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to former President Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan.

The resolution approved Monday praised Reagan, president from 1981-1989, for his leadership in restoring optimism to the nation and bringing an end to the Cold War. Mrs. Reagan was recognized for her efforts to curb alcohol and drug abuse among the nation’s youth. The bill awaits Senate action.

``If today’s historians looking back at the end of the 20th century get it right, they will surely say that Ronald Reagan more than any other person helped to restore the American dream,″ said Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.

The one Democrat who spoke, John LaFalce of New York, remembered Reagan, now 89 and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, ``for being such a person of good will toward all.″

He added that he hoped the next Congress would also consider ``honoring the work of our present president and first lady.″

Seven Democrats and GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas voted against awarding the medal and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., voted present.

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The bill number is H.R. 3591.

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