Wednesday, June 07, 2006

NACTA-Pandering Bill Not Cleared for Takeoff
National group dedicated to preserving Reagan’s legacy condemns union giveaway

Washington, D.C. – The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project voiced its opposition to HR 5449, which would impede the ability of the Federal Aviation Administration to resolve its current labor dispute in a timely manner. HR 5449, expected to face a vote today, would cost taxpayers $1.9 billion over five years. The average air traffic controller makes $173,000 in pay and benefits; Congress doesn’t need to stack the deck in the union’s favor by using special rules and gimmicks.

In 1981, President Reagan stood strong against the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Union by firing more than 11, 000 air traffic controllers for staging an illegal strike. His decisive action and principled response demonstrated to many Americans that he was the leader they had been searching for.

“It is time for the Republican majority in Congress to follow the example of the greatest president of the 20th century,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the RRLP. “Reagan led our nation and the world through one of the most dangerous times in history. On the other hand, support for HR 5449 is a betrayal of a great American’s legacy and a sneaky affront to the political process.”

The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project is dedicated to promoting the legacy of President Ronald Reagan's leadership by working toward one significant monument named after him in each of America's 50 states, as well as some dedication in every county in America. To date, more than 80 monuments have been dedicated to the former president, such as Mount Reagan in New Hampshire.

“Ronald Reagan’s courageous leadership and dedication won the love of the American people and inspired many of our current leaders to step forward and serve our country. He was responsible for restoring pride in America and his is a lesson we must never forget,” concluded Norquist. “Today, I urge Congress to follow the example of President Reagan and refuse to crumble under union pressure.”

The RRLP is committed to preserving the legacy of one of America’s greatest presidents throughout the nation and abroad. Grover Norquist, chairman of the RLLP, is available for interviews regarding Ronald Reagan’s legacy and the group’s projects. Please contact John Kartch at (202)-785-0266 or