What is Bush hiding? Senator Sessions Won’t Say.

In 2001, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13233 to empower current and previous presidents to withhold their records INDEFINITELY.  What’s more, the order extends the presidents’ authority to control the records of presidential family members and vice presidents.

Bush’s order was a direct attack on the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which made presidential records the property of the American people. But this is not just about Bush.  It’s about the records of ALL presidents and our right to know.

Right NOW, a bipartisan bill to undo the Bush order is close to becoming a law, but it is being blocked by Senator Jeff Sessions. 

Please call Senator Sessions now at his Washington, D.C., office or one of his Alabama offices listed below.  You can use the script as a guide:

Washington, DC
(202) 224-4124
Mobile, AL
(251) 414-3083
Birmingham, AL
(205) 731-1500
Montgomery, AL
(334) 244-7017
Huntsville, AL
(256) 533-0979

SCRIPT: Hello, I am calling from Alabama to urge Senator Sessions to lift his hold on the Presidential Records Act Amendment of 2007, bill number S. 886.  This bill would revoke President Bush’s 2001 Executive Order that allows current and former presidents to keep presidential records secret – indefinitely.

A House version of the bill has already been passed, but unfortunately the bill has been stalled by Senator Sessions.

It is unfair that a single senator can hold up consideration of legislation that will allow the American people to know the full record of this administration, as well as past and future administrations.

I would like to know why Senator Sessions is holding S.886.  Can you or someone in your office tell me?

Please make sure you take this message to Senator Sessions: Release your hold on the Presidential Records Amendments Act and allow the Senate to vote on the bill.  Thank you.

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June 02, 2020


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