Legislation to Restore Public Access to Presidential Documents

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 5, 2003

S. 1517: A bill to revoke and Executive Order relating to procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of Presidential records (introduced July 31).

  • From the Congressional Record: July 31, 2003 (Senate), “Mr. Bingaman. Mr. President, I rise today with my colleague from Florida, Senator Graham, to introduce a very simple piece of legislation that would revoke President Bush’s Executive Order 13233 and put back in force President Reagan’s Executive Order 12667–restoring the American people’s access to Presidential papers.”
  • Press release: Bingaman Works to Overturn President Bush’s Executive Order Barring Access to Presidential Records
  • The Presidential Records Act of 1978 was passed by Congress to insure the preservation of and public access to the official records of the President.
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