While the rest of the country was concerned with the state of the economy and the recent revelations of government overreach in the war on terror, the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs was holding hearings on HR 553, a bill submitted by Rep. Darrell Issa to name the nation’s “economic zone” after Ronald Reagan.
(a) Designation.—The exclusive economic zone of the United States, as established by Presidential Proclamation Numbered 5030, dated March 10, 1983, is designated as the “Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States”.
(b) References.—Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the exclusive economic zone of the United States is deemed to be a reference to the “Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States”.
In 1983, Reagan signed a proclamation declaring that everything within 200 miles of the American coast was the “exclusive economic zone” of the country, so now they want to name it after him. There appears to be no truth to the rumor that Issa also wants to name the atmosphere over the United States the George W. Bush Exclusive Breathing Zone.