House panel reverses Bush on archive secrecy

House panel reverses Bush on archive secrecy
Peter Szekely
March 8, 2007

A House panel on Thursday voted to overturn a 2001 order by President George W. Bush that enables former presidents, including Bush’s father, to keep some of their papers secret indefinitely.

The bipartisan bill, hailed by historians, was passed without objection on a voice vote by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on it next week.

“It will ensure that future historians have access to presidential records as the Presidential Records Act intended,” said committee Chairman Henry Waxman (news, bio, voting record), a California Democrat who is one of the bill’s sponsors.

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