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House Passes Presidential Library Reforms

From Speaker Pelosi’s website, The Gavel:

Former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton watch the crowd and procession of VIPs during the formal dedication of the Clinton Presidential Center, November 19, 2004.

Presidential Records Act Amendments and Presidential Library Donation Reform Act Pass

January 7th, 2009 by Karina

Today, the House passed two key government reform bills that were passed by the House in the 110th Congress but were never acted upon in the Senate: the Presidential Records Act Amendments, which restores meaningful public access to presidential records by nullifying a 2001 Bush executive order, and the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act, which requires the disclosure of big donors to presidential libraries.

Speaker Pelosi on passage of the legislation:

The New Direction Congress enacted sweeping ethics, lobbying and earmark reforms because Americans deserve a government that is open, honest, and accountable to its citizens. Today, we continue our reform efforts by ensuring meaningful and timely access to presidential records and the disclosure of big money donations to presidential libraries.

If we are to have a government of, by and for the people, then the people must have access to the information they need to question government actions and to hold their elected officials accountable. These two critical bills will assist citizens in this process and I look forward to our new President signing them into law.

Would it be too cynical to question the timing on this?

Why pass this now, after the Clintons have finally gotten their sinecures?

Why not several years ago – or even before last year’s Presidential race?

(These are all rhetorical questions, of course.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

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