HJR 13: Honoring President Reagan on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 13 01 Honoring President Reagan on the 100th anniversary of his birth. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS Ronald Wilson Reagan, a man of humble background, worked 04 throughout his life to serve freedom and to advance the public good; and 05 WHEREAS Ronald Reagan served with honor and distinction as a union leader, as a 06 member of the armed forces of the United States, as Governor of California, and, for two 07 terms, as the President of the United States; and 08 WHEREAS, in 1981, when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as President of the 09 United States, he inherited a disillusioned nation shackled by rampant inflation and high 10 unemployment; and 11 WHEREAS, during his Presidential term, Ronald Reagan led a bipartisan effort to 12 enact a bold agenda of restoring accountability and common sense to the government, which 13 led to unprecedented economic growth and opportunity for millions of Americans; and 14 WHEREAS President Reagan's commitment to the armed forces of the United States 15 contributed to the restoration of pride in America and its values and prepared the armed forces 16 to meet the challenges of the 21st century; and

01 WHEREAS President Reagan's vision of "peace through strength" led to the end of 02 the Cold War and the eventual demise of the Soviet Union, guaranteeing basic human rights 03 for millions of people; and 04 WHEREAS President Reagan's leadership and foreign policy expanded the scope of 05 democracy and freedom in the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean, and Central America; and 06 WHEREAS President Reagan laid the groundwork for the reunification of Germany 07 and the destruction of the Berlin Wall; and 08 WHEREAS President Reagan signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty 09 between the United States and the Soviet Union, establishing the framework for the Strategic 10 Arms Reduction Treaty and the reduction in the number of nuclear warheads the two super 11 power nations had primed for launch; and 12 WHEREAS President Reagan advanced equality for women by appointing Sandra 13 Day O'Connor, as the first woman Justice of the United States Supreme Court; and 14 WHEREAS, throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan advocated limiting federal 15 control over the land and natural resources of Alaska; and 16 WHEREAS, in 1983, President Reagan signed into law the Alaska Railroad Transfer 17 Act, transferring ownership of the Alaska Railroad to the state; and 18 WHEREAS, in 1984, President Reagan met with Pope John Paul II in Fairbanks to 19 discuss pressing world issues; and 20 WHEREAS President Reagan signed legislation that authorized the payment of 21 reparations to the Aleuts who had been displaced from their homes and sent to internment 22 camps, known as "duration villages," during World War II; and 23 WHEREAS President Reagan supported the Village Built Clinic Program, which 24 funded Indian Health Service clinics in Alaska Native villages throughout the state and 25 brought basic health care to many Alaskans; and 26 WHEREAS President Reagan authorized the establishment of the federal government 27 8(a) Business Development Program, which brought economic development and benefits to 28 Alaska Native Corporations; and 29 WHEREAS February 6, 2011, is the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth and 30 the seventh since his death; 31 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature recognizes and honors

01 President Ronald Reagan on the 100th anniversary of his birth for his accomplishments in 02 service to his country, to Alaska, and to the whole world. 03 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the 04 Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, 05 members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; former first lady Nancy Reagan; and the 06 Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library.