Notice to General Public and Reagan LIbrary Researchers on Closures

LIBRARY CLOSURE

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. 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. 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 Signing the Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Act of 1983

May 27, 1983

I have signed today S. 653, which amends title 10, United States Code, to establish a Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and for other purposes.

The bill establishes a foundation to perform a variety of functions that are within the scope of those vested by statute in Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Although not mentioned in the bill's statement of purposes, the Senate committee report indicates that the Foundation would be designed primarily to receive gifts, grants, and legacies from private sources and channel them to the University, and thus to further the University's teaching, research, and services without additional government expenditures. I am in full sympathy with this worthy purpose behind the bill.

The bill provides, however, that of the nine members of the Council of Directors, the governing body of the Foundation, four ex officio members of the Council are to be Members of Congress and the four operating members of the Council are in effect to be appointed by the congressional members.

The Attorney General has advised me that this reservation by Congress of the power to appoint the officers who are to discharge the legal responsibilities of the Foundation with the intent to remain involved in the direction and supervision of the Foundation constitutes a violation of the principle of the separation of powers. The separation of powers requires that after a statute has been enacted by the legislature it may be enforced or interpreted only by the executive or judicial branches.

I fully support proper effort to shift to the private sector some of those functions and funding methods which are now being performed by the government. However, this valid and worthy objective should be carried forward consistent with the principle of the separation of powers under our Constitution. In this regard, the sponsors of the legislation have agreed to give full and fair consideration to constitutional concerns. Accordingly, with this understanding, I have approved S. 653.

Note: As enacted, S. 653 is Public Law 98 - 36, approved May 27.