Bill Would Award Reagans Congressional Gold Medal

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

( - Representative Jim Gibbons of Nevada has introduced a bill - with the support of 200 co-sponsors - to award the Congressional Gold Medal to former President Ronald Reagan and former first lady Nancy Reagan.

Speaking Thursday on the House floor, Gibbons called it "a bipartisan effort to bestow a fitting tribute on the Reagans in recognition of their dedication and commitment to public service and our country. I encourage all my colleagues to join me in saying "thank you" to the Reagans for dedicating so much of their lives to the people of the United States."

Gibbons told his colleagues he shared his thoughts on the historical legacy of Ronald and Nancy Reagan before a House subcommittee Wednesday.

Others appointees and associates from the Reagan era also spoke to subcommittee members on the Reagans' behalf, including former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, former UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, and former White House Economic Advisor Martin Anderson.

Gibbons said it was a privilege for him to hear "these close friends and trusted colleagues of the Reagans [reflect] on the dedication of our 40th president and his wife Nancy to our great nation."

"Even the former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, submitted a letter to the subcommittee, expressing his deep respect for former President Ronald Reagan," Gibbons said.