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.


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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Janet-NY

    I truly respect George W Bush who has fought against terrorists for justice, peace and freedom. Even he already knew that unpopular the Iraq war would make his popularity hit the low. Thanks to Bush's efforts, any how, Americans have safely been in a beautiful land since 9.11, 2001. The history will judge about Bush's efforts.

    January 8, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Paul DObro

    For anyone that thinks Bush was a great preisdent because no futher attacks like 9/11, please read:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2009/01/08/2009-01-08_president_bush_saved_us_lives_thats_only.html

    Instead of insisting he is great because there have been no more, please realize the first 9/11 occured on his watch and the group that did it, Al Qaeda, is today stronger and more able to carry out attacks today then they were just a few years ago.

    Over 4,000 Americans and over 100,000 Iraqis might just disagree about the "safer" part.

    Good bye Mr. President, parting is NOT such sweat sorrow, it is just plain SWEET!

    January 8, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Bob

    How about full disclosure on Election Fundraising !

    January 8, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. LYNETTE IN CA

    Please continue to remove Bush's policies as fast as possible!!!

    Thank you.

    January 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. robert brown

    Good for the Congress. Let's hope it's only a beginning of trying to undo the excessive misuse of presidential orders in the last eight years. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

    January 8, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Dayahka

    Yawn! If they really want a bill that affects Bush, then enact legislation that any president that commits war crimes shall be denied his retirement benefits, incarcerated, and sent to the Hague for trial as a war criminal. Then they need to add that any so-called ally that commits war crimes will be denied aid of any kind and its leaders prosecuted under war crimes laws–which would effectively end the Israeli genocide of Palestinians.

    January 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Brett

    that is unfair for past every president's record stay in silence....i want stay with this act.

    Goofy D people!

    January 8, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Benson, IL

    Great, we want all the records unsealed so we can really see what a coward Bush was. He's a little man with a little brain.

    January 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. bsmith171

    release all records including obama's birth certificate and bush's!

    January 8, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. amt

    glad to be rid of bush's failed policies.

    January 8, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. Aarrgghh

    one might argue that 9/11 happened to citizens from all countries, and was an attack on capitalism not the USA. One may also argue that these "attacks" were perpetrated by people with a vendetta against the first George Bush and may have only carried it out because of this previous grudge.Ialso put forth once again, and this is not argued by the bush administration, 911 had absolutely NOTHING to do with Iraq, period. Terrorism is described as those keeping you terrorized, to that end I put forth that NO ONE has painted more scary scenarios or played on our fears more than the BUSH administration, and that my friends, IS terrorism.

    January 8, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Proud American

    Create a bill that will allow the sherriff evict him from the White Now.

    January 8, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. SMR

    Bush knew in advance that he would trash our Constitution and wanted to be long gone before these files could be examined. I say we force him to stay stateside until his Administration could be investigated. The American people have a right to know,and should have a chance to take him and Cheney down. A stand by the American people to set an example of the crooked leaders so this will never happen again. EXAMPLE: If a person kills another,shouldn't they be tried in court and if guilty be procecuted to full extent ? OR should we just let them go so they and others can do the same over and over again?

    January 8, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. freddie

    forward is where iam going our 43rd president will be history and our 44th will be the future of this country that we all will have to share their is no need for me to say anything negative or i will become part of the problem we all must stop take a deep breath and look forward and think about what we can do to help our president change the future for the good for all people. mr president elect if their is anything that i can do or say i have and will always be part of the solution not the problem may god send down some blessing because were going to need them.

    January 8, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. German,Irish American

    How about full fundraising disclosures for presdential candidates? Would the Obama supporters care to tell us where the 300 million dollars in unnamed sources came from?

    January 8, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. Craig in Seattle

    The countdown is on... thank god.

    January 8, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Some Like It Hot

    Janet- awesome! I'm right there with you! Paul- you need to read actual facts! It's sad you don't know anything about any other war or numbers! You should compare deaths sense your so worried about it. We have had FAR FAR less wars then any other war in US history! I'm talking about hundreds and thousands less! So before you start spitting out numbers- check the facts my friend!

    Al Qaeda is not that strong! Why do you think their all hiding? I've been over there and done that! If you don't know what's REALLY going on over there, then shut your mouth!

    Look at OBAMA- already lieing and putting us in more debt! It's funny that people believed we were leaving Iraq and coming home! No, we are going to AFGAHN which is ever more dangerous then Iraq! We spend more money on people jumping the boarders each year then the Iraqi War. 120 Bill- Iraq War 338 Bill- Illigal Immagrents.... interesting fact isn't it?

    So Paul- educate yourself!

    January 8, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Some Like It Hot

    Janet- awesome! I'm right there with you! Paul- you need to read actual facts! It's sad you don't know anything about any other war or numbers! You should compare deaths sense your so worried about it. We have had FAR FAR less deaths then any other war in US history! I'm talking about hundreds and thousands less! So before you start spitting out numbers- check the facts my friend!

    Al Qaeda is not that strong! Why do you think they're all hiding? I've been over there and done that! If you don't know what's REALLY going on over there, then shut your mouth!

    Look at OBAMA- already lieing and putting us in more debt! It's funny that people believed we were leaving Iraq and coming home! No, we are going to AFGAHN which is even more dangerous then Iraq! We spend more money on people jumping the boarders each year then the Iraqi War. 120 Bill- Iraq War 338 Bill- Illigal Immagrents…. interesting fact isn't it?

    So Paul- educate yourself!

    January 8, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Mike

    I am absolutely sickened by those delusional individuals like Janet in NY. Osama bin Laden remains free, and two of the worst terrorist attacks in history occurred on Bush's watch.

    January 8, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Samone, FL

    Just reverse everything that Bush did. He wasted our time and money over the last 8 years. He was a spoiled brat who didn't know how to run the country. He was clueless. Cheney and Rove were running things, until Rove got tired or scared of an investigation. Speaking of which, whatever happened to that?

    Boy will it be good to clear the stench of the Bush presidency out of the air, and breath fresh air for a change. Get it, a change.....how refreshing.

    Arrest Rove, don't let him off the hook Congress.

    January 8, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Nik

    Janet- You are an idiot. We are not any safer now than we were before 9/11. All Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfield did successully, was destabilize the entire middle east. We don't have any more oil (which is why we went to war originally), we haven't stopped Al Qeda or found OBL (which is absolutely absurd!), and now Israel and Hamas are going at it.

    If you think this war was for peace, justice, and freedom– you need to stop drinking the kool-aid and wake the hell up. We need to hold our leaders accountable– it is widely believed/known that the Bush Administration violated the Constitution many many times, and abused their 'Executive' authority on numerous occasions. If we do not prosecute this criminals to the furthest extent of the law, how can we as a people ever truly have faith in our government, let alone each other, to do the right thing. Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld all need to realize that they are NOT above the law– and I can only hope that the Obama administration seeks legal recourse on behalf of the American people.

    January 8, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. edex

    This Bush guy should be locked up

    January 8, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. AJ

    I think Janet is right i know i'm not going to sway anyone here but the longer we keep looking back in the past the longer it will take for any change to happen.

    January 8, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. boered1

    @German Irish American

    certainly we will tell you, and HAVE been telling you.. me I gave $200 and my girfriend gave $200 and my ex wife gave $200 and my oldest sone gave $200 and my daughter gave $200 (my youngest son did not, see he is attending Clemson and could not afford to but he did volunteer his time supporting President (elect) Obama) and so on and so on .... it adds up! I KNOW I KNOW you followers of the liar hillary cannot do math and you members of the radical right think that all that learning and stuff is the devils work and should not be done but the rest of us understand.

    idiots

    January 8, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Joe

    Too bad the congress doesn't demand that Obama release the records of who paid for his trip (in his campaign jet) to Hawaii to visit his sick grandmother.

    January 8, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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