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More on House Hearings about Presidential Records

The National Coalition For History (NCH) newsletter has an article about the Hearings held this week on Presidential Records and the impact Executive Order (E.O.) 13233. The public witnesses were united in their opposition to E.O.13233.

Mr. [Steven L.] Hensen, representing the Society of American Archivists said, “On behalf of the nation’s archivists, I ask your consideration in overturning this six-year old Executive Order that has seriously compromised the basic principles of government accountability, which are underpinned by the people’s right of access to the records of their government. In the case of the records of the office of the President of the United States, it is a right that took a long time for the nation to claim fully, but just a quick stroke of the pen to destroy.”

The official page for the hearings is: Subcommittee Holds Hearing on The Presidential Records Act of 1978. There is a copy there of legislation (H.R. 1255) that would nullify the Bush E.O. and NCH reports that copies of all of the testimony should be available there shortly.

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