Celebrating the 19th Amendment/Closure Notices

On August 6, join AmericasTownHall virtual celebration "The 19th at 100!" Presented with All in Together, 19th News, the US National Archives, and presidential libraries, a group of women luminaries, and other leading figures will discuss the past, present, and future of women’s equality. The celebration occurs on August 6, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm PDT, to register for this free online event, please see the invitation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/19th-amendment-past-present-and-future-tick...


We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. This includes docents, volunteers and interns. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at reagan.library@nara.gov. Please check our website, reaganlibrary.gov or www.archives.gov/coronavirus  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. Where possible, we will conduct public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. For online education information, please see our educational resources.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus) https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus

RESEARCHERS: Please see a "Letter to Researchers" from the Archivist of the United States for a further update.




Statement on the United States District Court Decision on the Constitutionality of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1986

February 7, 1986

Today a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the validity of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings act. As we had expected, however, the court found the sequester mechanism of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings unconstitutional. When I signed the bill last December, I expressed concern over the constitutional questions raised by this provision, which gave the Comptroller General power to exercise executive authority in calculating the deficits that trigger sequestration.

This court decision does not invalidate Gramm-Rudman-Hollings, nor does it diminish the determination of this administration -- or the responsibility of Congress -- to meet the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings targets for deficit reduction, targets set by Congress and agreed to by our administration. If the Supreme Court affirms this decision, there is a valid fallback provision in place whereby Congress is empowered to affirm the $11.7 billion automatic cut already agreed to in the FY 1986 sequester, and we would expect the Congress to live up to its responsibility. I also urge the Congress to go forward to meet the schedule and deficit targets for fiscal year 1987 and beyond.

No matter what the outcome of the current court arguments, I will continue, until the day I leave this office, to submit budgets that meet the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings targets. All we need to honor both the spirit and letter of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings is congressional action. This court ruling is no excuse for walking away from our responsibility to bring Federal spending under control. We made an agreement; let's live up to it. We've given the American people our word. We cannot let them down.

Note: Larry M. Speakes, Principal Deputy Press Secretary to the President, read the President's statement to reporters at 5:10 p.m. in the Briefing Room at the White House.