Tell Senator Bunning to Stop Blocking the Presidential Records Bill
On September 24, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) objected to floor consideration of the “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007” (HR 1255), at least temporarily holding up a vote on the bill. The bill would nullify President Bush’s Executive Order 13233, which gave current and former presidents and vice presidents broad authority to withhold presidential records or delay their release indefinitely. The National Coalition for History (of which SAA is a member) is asking everyone in the archives community to call Senator Bunning’s office to urge that he allow the reform bill to come to the Senate floor for a vote. His direct office number is 202-224-4343. A briefing paper on the bill is available on the NCH website. For a sample op-ed piece that you could adapt for your local media, click here.