ARCHIVED: Cosponsors Needed Now for H.R. 4187, the "Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2002"

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BACKGROUND:

Last November, I drafted a letter to Rep. Stephen Horn, Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Reform, expressing opposition to President Bush's E.O. 13,233 relating to implementation of the Presidential Records Act (PRA). The executive order prevents the disclosure of records unless both the former and incumbent Presidents affirmatively approve their release. It also requires that federal officials honor executive privilege claims by a former President regardless of the merits of the claim. The letter is part of the subcommittee's record for an oversight hearing on the executive order that was held last November.

Noting that E.O. 13, 233 violates both the letter and the spirit of the Presidential Records Act, Rep. Horn introduced H.R. 4187, the "Presidential Records Act Amendments" on April 11, 2002. The bill nullifies the executive order and establishes procedures to govern the assertion of executive privilege claims by a former or incumbent President in a way that is fully consistent with the Presidential Records Act. It also recognizes that a former or incumbent Vice President cannot claim presidential privileges.

ACTION:

A hearing on H.R. 4187 is scheduled for next Wednesday, April 24th, and we're looking for as many additional cosponsors as we can get. H.R. 4187 was introduced with 22 cosponsors, so please check the listing below for the name of your representative.

If your representative is not listed, please contact him/her through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and urge that he/she cosponsor H.R. 4187, the "Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2002."

If your representative is listed, please contact him/her through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and express your appreciation for their support of this very important piece of legislation.

Thank you,
Mary Alice