Representative Darrell Issa of California Proposes Legislation to Rename U.S. Coastal Waters After Former President Ronald Reagan

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On Wednesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced legislation to rename nearly all U.S. Coastal waters after the country’s 40th president.

Politico relates:

Ronald Reagan already serves as the namesake for an airport, two federal courthouses, a state office building in his native California, a Colorado highway, a mountain in New Hampshire, a nuclear-powered aircraft career and a missile defense test site in the Marshall Islands.

But Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants to name something else after the 40th president: nearly all U.S. coastal waters.

Issa introduced legislation Wednesday to rename the United States’ exclusive economic zone — the area off the American coast where the U.S. has the right to use natural resources, create artificial islands and preserve the environment — the Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone.  The zone extends up to 200 miles off the shoreline.

Representative Darrell Issa of California Proposes Legislation to Rename U.S. Coastal Waters After Former President Ronald Reagan

Representative Darrell Issa of California (Photo: AP)

“The Reagan Sea” arguably has a better ring to it than “the Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone,” but for supporters of the former president, it’s a step in the right direction.

According to The Hill, Rep. Issa has introduced the bill numerous times in past sessions of Congress, but on each occasion it died before making much progress.

Comedy Central’s “Indecision” political blog sarcastically adds: “All those embarrassing stories about American schoolkids unable to point to the Pacific Ocean on a geography quiz? Problem solved, when all bodies of water are named after Reagan.”

The former president would almost certainly get a chuckle out of it.  Watch the clip below, which has more than one million views on YouTube, for a compilation of Reagan’s wittiest moments: