They Won’t Even Say ‘Happy Birthday’

On February 3, by a vote of 394 to 0, the House overwhelmingly approved a resolution (H.J. Res. 84) congratulating Ronald Reagan on his 93rd birthday.

Not surprisingly, a group of five angry liberal congressmen refused to pay Reagan even this small courtesy and instead voted “present.” A handful of Democrat congressmen did the same last year.

Reagan, considered a hero by most conservatives, has for years had Alzheimer’s Disease and has not appeared in public for more than a decade.

The resolution, introduced in the House by Rep. Jim Gibbons (R.-Nev.), stated simply: “The Congress, on behalf of the American people, extends its birthday greetings and best wishes to Ronald Reagan on his 93rd birthday.”

“President Reagan’s commitment to inspiring the American people and strengthening our Nation’s leadership role in the world are part of our Nation’s proud heritage and history,” said Gibbons. “During his eight years as President, Ronald Reagan successfully stimulated economic growth, curbed inflation, increased employment, and strengthened national defense. President Reagan was instrumental in uniting a divided Berlin, as well as a divided world, by bringing about an end to the Cold War. Reagan’s speech calling on Mr. Gorbachev to “Tear Down This Wall” is a piece of American, indeed, world history, that will forever elicit a special sense of pride among the American people and all freedom-loving people across this world.”

A “yes” vote was a vote to congratulate President Reagan on his 93rd birthday. There were no “no” votes. A “present” vote indicates that a member was on the floor but unwilling to congratulate Reagan on his birthday.

FOR THE RESOLUTION: 394 AGAINST THE RESOLUTION: 0
REPUBLICANS FOR: 217
Aderholt
Akin
Bachus
Baker
Ballenger
Barrett (SC)
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Bass
Beauprez
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehlert
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Bono
Boozman
Bradley (NH)
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Burgess
Burns
Burr
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Cannon
Cantor
Capito
Carter
Castle
Chabot
Chocola
Coble
Cole
Collins
Crane
Crenshaw
Cubin
Cunningham
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal (GA)
DeLay
DeMint
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Dreier
Duncan
Dunn
Ehlers
Emerson
Everett
Feeney
Ferguson
Flake
Foley
Forbes
Fossella
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gingrey
Goode
Goodlatte
Goss
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Greenwood
Gutknecht
Hall
Harris
Hart
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Hobson
Hoekstra
Hostettler
Houghton
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Isakson
Issa
Istook
Jenkins
Johnson, Sam
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Jones (NC)
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
LaHood
Latham
LaTourette
Leach
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
LoBiondo
Manzullo
McCotter
McHugh
McInnis
McKeon
Mica
Miller, Gary
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Moran (KS)
Murphy
Musgrave
Nethercutt
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Nussle
Osborne
Ose
Otter
Oxley
Paul
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Porter
Portman
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Quinn
Radanovich
Ramstad
Regula
Rehberg
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
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Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Saxton
Schrock
Sensenbrenner
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Sherwood
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Shuster
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Simpson
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Terry
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Toomey
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Wamp
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Weldon (PA)
Weller
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
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Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS FOR: 176
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Alexander
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Ballance
Becerra
Bell
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Bishop (GA)
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Blumenauer
Boswell
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Boyd
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Cardoza
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Crowley
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Delahunt
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Deutsch
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Doyle
Edwards
Emanuel
Engel
Etheridge
Evans
Filner
Ford
Frank (MA)
Frost
Gonzalez
Gordon
Green (TX)
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Hill
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hoeffel
Holden
Hollen
Holt
Hooley (OR)
Hoyer
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
John
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kind
Kleczka
Lampson
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Levin
Lewis (GA)
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Lowey
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Majette
Maloney
Markey
Marshall
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Matsui
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McCarthy (NY)
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McDermott
McGovern
McIntyre
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Menendez
Michaud
Miller, George
Miller (NC)
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Moore
Moran (VA)
Murtha
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
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Obey
Olver
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Payne
Pelosi
Peterson (MN)
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Rangel
Reyes
Rodriguez
Ross
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
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Ryan (OH)
Sabo
SÃ ¡nchez, Linda
Sanchez, Loretta
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Turner (TX)
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Udall (NM)
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Velà ¡zquez
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Weiner
Wexler
Woolsey
Wu

INDEPENDENTS FOR: 1

Sanders

REPUBLICANS AGAINST: 0

DEMOCRATS AGAINST: 0

PRESENT: 5

REPUBLICANS (0): DEMOCRATS (5): INDEPENDENTS (0)
Brown, Corrine
Johnson, E. B.
Lee
Waters
Watt

NOT VOTING: 33

REPUBLICANS (10): DEMOCRATS (23): INDEPENDENTS (0)
Bereuter
Brown-Waite, Ginny
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Rahall
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