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108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 3633

  To provide for dime coins to bear the likeness of President Ronald 
   Reagan, the Freedom President, in honor of his work in restoring 
 American greatness and bringing freedom to captive nations around the 
                                 world.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           November 21, 2003

Mr. Souder (for himself, Mr. Hastert, Mr. DeLay, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Cantor, 
Mr. Cox, Mr. Dreier, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. DeMint, Mr. King of New York, Ms. 
 Dunn, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Crane, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, 
 Mrs. Jo Ann Davis of Virginia, Mr. Carter, Mr. Goode, Mr. Linder, Mr. 
 Rohrabacher, Mr. Gallegly, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Pombo, Mr. Hunter, Mr. 
  Franks of Arizona, Mr. Akin, Mr. Feeney, Mr. Buyer, Mr. Tiahrt, Mr. 
     Brady of Texas, Mr. Chocola, Mr. Culberson, Mr. Burgess, Mr. 
  Cunningham, Mr. Pence, Mr. Jones of North Carolina, Mr. Weller, Mr. 
  Gibbons, Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. 
  Duncan, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Herger, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. Hostettler, Mr. 
   Toomey, Mr. Garrett of New Jersey, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Norwood, Mr. 
   Terry, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. McKeon, Mr. Ose, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. 
     Osborne, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Shadegg, Mr. Wamp, Mr. Rehberg, Mr. 
 Radanovich, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Weldon of Florida, Mr. LaHood, Mr. Mario 
     Diaz-Balart of Florida, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, Mr. 
Ballenger, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Tauzin, Mr. Paul, 
  Mr. Issa, Mr. Ramstad, Mrs. Musgrave, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Otter, Mr. 
    Crenshaw, Mr. Walden of Oregon, and Mr. Shimkus) introduced the 
   following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial 
                                Services

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                                 A BILL


 
  To provide for dime coins to bear the likeness of President Ronald 
   Reagan, the Freedom President, in honor of his work in restoring 
 American greatness and bringing freedom to captive nations around the 
                                 world.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Ronald Reagan Dime Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds as follows:
            (1) President Ronald Wilson Reagan, through his efforts as 
        the 40th President of the United States, created policies that 
        renewed economic growth, strengthened the resolve of the free 
        world together to oppose totalitarianism, and restored pride in 
        the United States.
            (2) In 1981, when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President, 
        he inherited a disillusioned nation wracked by rampant 
        inflation and high unemployment.
            (3) The policies of President Reagan brought about the 
        beginnings of an economic boom that lasted almost unimpeded 
        through the end of the 20th century.
            (4) President Reagan was victorious in 49 of the 50 states 
        in the 1984 general election, a record unsurpassed in the 
        history of United States presidential elections.
            (5) President Reagan, through his simple republican dignity 
        and sense of personal responsibility to the United States of 
        America, brought pride and honor to the Office of the 
        President.
            (6) President Reagan worked in a bipartisan manner to enact 
        his agenda of restoring accountability and common sense to 
        government, which led to an unprecedented economic expansion 
        and opportunity for millions of Americans.
            (7) President Reagan's commitment to an active social 
        policy agenda for the nation's children helped lower crime in 
        our neighborhoods.
            (8) President Reagan led a national crusade against illegal 
        narcotics, which resulted in a substantial decline in illegal 
        drug use in the United States during his eight years in office.
            (9) President Reagan wrote ``Abortion and the Conscience of 
        a Nation'' for the 10th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which 
        stated ``Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive 
        as a free land when some men could decide that others were not 
        fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we 
        cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that 
        others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion 
        or infanticide . . . there is no cause more important for 
        preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right 
        to life of all human beings, the right without which no other 
        rights have any meaning''.
            (10) President Reagan's commitment to our armed forces 
        contributed to the restoration of pride in America, her 
principles of ordered liberty, and the heritage of Western 
Civilization.
            (11) President Reagan's unshakeable commitment to freedom 
        strengthened America's mission to proclaim liberty throughout 
        the world and led to the collapse of global Communism, the fall 
        of the Iron Curtain, and the toppling of the Berlin Wall, 
        giving millions of people across the globe formerly shackled by 
        the Soviets opportunity to live in peace and freedom.
            (12) President Reagan marked the beginning of his 
        Presidency by recalling with shame ``the series of historical 
        tragedies--beginning with the broken promises of the Yalta 
        Conference--that led to the denial of the most elementary forms 
        of personal freedom and human dignity to millions in Eastern 
        Europe and Asia''.
            (13) President Reagan brought courage to those people cut 
        off from others who lived in freedom, reminding them that 
        ``Until the people of the Baltic States and Eastern Europe are 
        free to choose their own system of government, we will continue 
        to speak up for their rights and champion their cause''.
            (14) President Reagan called the world's attention to the 
        plight of captive nations tyrannized behind the Iron Curtain, 
        from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, which 
        included millions of Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles, 
        Germans, Czechs, Slovaks, Romanians, Bulgarians, Albanians, 
        Croats, Serbs, Bosnians, and others, reminding us that ``Free 
        people, if they are to remain free, must defend the liberty of 
        others''.
            (15) President Reagan made a promise to ``all in Eastern 
        Europe who are separated from neighbors and loved ones by an 
        ugly Iron Curtain. And to every person trapped in tyranny, 
        whether in the Ukraine, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Cuba or 
        Vietnam, we send our love and support, and tell them they are 
        not alone. Your struggle is our struggle, your dream is our 
        dream, and someday, you, too, will be free''.
            (16) President Reagan boldly stood at the Brandenburg Gate 
        in West Berlin, on June 12, 1987, declaring: ``General 
        Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity 
        for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek 
        liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open 
        this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!''.
            (17) President Reagan's vision of ``peace through 
        strength'' brought the United States victory in the Cold War 
        and freed millions of people from Soviet tyranny.
            (18) President Reagan once summarized the mission of his 
        administration as ``Being free and prosperous in a world at 
        peace. That's our ultimate goal.''.
            (19) President Reagan reminded his countrymen of our 
        calling in world history: ``I don't believe the people I've met 
        in almost every State of this Union are ready to consign this, 
        the last island of freedom, to the dust bin of history, along 
        with the bones of dead civilizations of the past. Call it 
        mysticism, if you will, but I believe God had a divine purpose 
        in placing this land between the two great oceans to be found 
        by those who had a special love of freedom and the courage to 
        leave the countries of their birth. From our forefathers to our 
        modern-day immigrants, we've come from every corner of the 
        earth, from every race and every ethnic background, and we've 
        become a new breed in the world. We're Americans and we have a 
        rendezvous with destiny.''.

SEC. 3. OBVERSE OF DIME COIN TO BEAR LIKENESS OF RONALD REAGAN.

    Section 5112(d)(1) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by 
inserting after the 4th sentence the following new sentence: ``Dime 
coins issued after such date as the Secretary determines to be 
appropriate shall bear the likeness of President Ronald Reagan, the 
Freedom President, in honor of his work in restoring American greatness 
and bringing freedom to captive nations around the world.''.
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