Yesterday a Statement of Administrative Policy on H.R. 1255, was posted on the Office of Management and Budget web site. The statement asserts, “if H.R. 1255 were to be presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” H.R. 1255, also titled the “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007”, would overturn President Bush’s 2001 Executive Order 13233 that allows presidents, vice presidents, former presidents, and even the families of former presidents to delay or withhold presidential records indefinitely.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved H.R. 1255 on March 8th, and the bill is set to go to the House floor this week. AHA Today posted an alert about this bill last Friday, and the National Coalition for History asked readers to contact their house members to express their support.