Dallas Morning News: House votes to reverse Bush’s sealed-records order

House votes to reverse Bush’s sealed-records order
Todd J. Gillman and Sudeep Reddy
The Dallas Morning News
March 15, 2007

WASHINGTON – Defying a veto threat, the House dealt President Bush an overwhelming rebuke Wednesday by voting to overturn a five-year-old executive order that lets ex-presidents – and their widows and children – seal White House records for as long as they want, for any reason.

The House also voted to force Mr. Bush and future presidents to identify donors to the libraries built to house their papers and guard their legacies.

Both measures could dramatically affect the complex that Mr. Bush is negotiating to build at Southern Methodist University – affecting researchers’ access to his papers and complicating plans to raise money for the archive, museum and policy institute.

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