Legislation to Restore Public Access to Presidential Documents
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.