January 8th, 2009
04:33 PM ET
6 years ago

Two of the first bills of the new Congress would affect Bush

Even though he has less than two weeks left in office, Pres. Bush figured in the legislation passed by Congress Thursday.
Even though he has less than two weeks left in office, Pres. Bush figured in the legislation passed by Congress Thursday.

(CNN) - Two of the first bills passed by the 111th Congress yesterday had less to do with the incoming president than they did with the man he’s replacing.

One measure would amend the Presidential Records Act of 1978 to overturn President Bush’s 2001 executive order that extended the length of time that presidential records can remain sealed.

The other would require full fundraising disclosure for presidential libraries. The lack of an existing requirement became an issue for former President Bill Clinton when his wife Hillary Clinton was tapped to serve as Obama’s secretary of state.

The former president eventually opted to release the full list of donors and the size of their donations.

Both the measures, introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform committee chairman Edolphus Towns of New York, passed by overwhelming majorities.

The bills have the strong support of Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee chairman Joe Lieberman, who has publicly called on Bush to make both his records and the full list of contributors to his presidential library open to the public.

Similar efforts, pushed by former Oversight chairman Henry Waxman, drew overwhelming support in the House, but did not make it through the Senate, and did not have the support necessary to override a likely presidential veto.


Filed under: Congress • President George W. Bush
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Newport News, VA

    Well while Congress works on that, I hope the new Justice Department holds Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld's feet to the fire. These men to be held accountable for their illegal actions.

    January 8, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Jan Illinois

    It's Bills library Not Hillarys. It's Hillarys Job , not Bills. Holding that against Hillary has to be some kind of discrimination and unfair to her or any other woman who would encounter something similar.

    January 8, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. T-Dawg

    Does anyone think maybe the bin-laden family was a donor to Bush's library. I mean they were involved in the Carlyle Group's blind trust together prior to 9/11 which meant that when Osama flew planes into the WTC his family made billions when the US ramped up it's war effort to combat Osama. Could Bush be THAT stupid?

    January 8, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. lier

    tHIS GOVERMENT FILT WITL LIER CROOK AND SCUMBAGS and look like never stop just gping on going on. bush love drug dealer and hate border patrol..because he like smoke crack

    January 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Sidney P.

    I wish we could undo everything that Bush has done. He has hurt this country more than I would have ever believed possible. I sure wish that he was held accountable for the war and the crimes committed with his approval, along with Cheney and Rumsfield.

    January 8, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. lier

    tHIS GOVERMENT FILT WITL LIER CROOK AND SCUMBAGS and look like never stop just gping on going on. bush love drug dealer and hate border patrol..because he like smoke crack

    January 8, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. ray

    GO AWAY MORON SARA.

    January 8, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston TX

    What a worthless person..... when he goes back to Dallas, they should hang him by his toenails...

    January 8, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston TX

    Houston is doing Great because we have had a Democrat for 2 terms, now.

    January 8, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Mick in Mesa

    How about a bill to impeach this war criminal (along with Cheney, Gonzo and Rummy) as well...

    January 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Gracie

    THAT'S RIGHT.... if they can spy on the average American citizen, then they should be forced to be more transparent!!! FIRST BIG STEP in the right direction.

    I hope President Obama cleans house and puts EVERYONE ON NOTICE on day one!!!

    January 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. joe

    How did Bush even get away with the many bills he signed in that gave his administration more power and secrecy?

    I'm glad they are reversing many of his questionable bills so we can move into a transparent government, but it's 8 years too late.

    January 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Cheryl from MN

    One measure would amend the Presidential Records Act of 1978 to overturn President Bush’s 2001 executive order that extended the length of time that presidential records can remain sealed.
    All I have to say is "Hooray!!!!" Our Presidents shouldn't be allowed to keep secrets from the American public. When records are sealed it sounds to me like they have something to hide. We should have full transparency, and full fundraising disclosure for presidential libraries.

    January 8, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Matt

    "Similar efforts, pushed by former Oversight chairman Henry Waxman, drew overwhelming support in the House, but did not make it through the Senate, and did not have the support necessary to override a likely presidential veto."

    Gee, I wonder why. Could it be that the GOP portion of the Senate at the time was protecting Bush? hmmmm

    January 8, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    We also need to know the size of the slush fund that paid Katherine Harris in 2000 and Diebold in 2004 for the right to get Bush hoisted into office. Not to mention, of course, the "hush fee" to Rove to keep it all quiet!!!

    January 8, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. KP

    signs that the new government might be on the right track? could it be?

    January 8, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. boered1

    so after he leaves they are going to make sure we can see all his lies in a reasonable period of time.. acceptable.. barely

    idiots

    January 8, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. BUSH BEGOND AND NOW 82% OF AMERICA AGREES, FINALLY!

    Ooops, now that the shrub has to show the donors look for every other entry being "Halliburton" for a job well done...

    January 8, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. crabappl@psci.net

    SO WHAT ARE YOU SAYING SANDERBRAND.BUSH IS A GOOD GUY.GET A LIFE WOMAN.POOR EXCUSE OF REPORTER.maybe bush can use you in texas good bye good riddence

    January 8, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Tim

    Sounds petty on the Democrats part. But it is to be expected.

    January 8, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Rob

    And let the lib kooks start up with their whole "Now the truth will be revealed" garbage. Just wonder what kind of b.s. they'll come up with when their baseless conspiracy theories are proven as nothing but hot air from the liberal freaks.

    January 8, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Bob

    Both good for democracy.

    January 8, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. CanIcallyouJoe

    Myself and many other intelligent Americans are going to be livid if Obama doesn't repeal some, if not all, of The Patriot Act and Cheney's efforts to run a shadow government out of the Vice Presidency.

    @ ray: You missed. Sarah's story is back that-a-way <--

    January 8, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. clifford

    Mr. President will you please answer the call at 3:00 a.m. from the White House? Mr.Obama hasn't a clue and I like my freedom thank you!!

    January 8, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Ted

    Brilliant, ray. I suppose you wrote it in crayon and had someone else type it into the computer.

    January 8, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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