Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today voted to ensure transparency in the Bush Administration by preserving email records. The Electronic Message Preservation Act (H.R. 5811) passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 286 to 137.
“The American people have a right to know the business their government is conducting,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This legislation will ensure White House electronic communications are preserved for future generations and is an important step toward holding the Bush Administration responsible for its actions."
The Electronic Message Preservation Act modernizes the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act to ensure that crucial email records are preserved for historians. Investigations by the House Oversight Committee have revealed weaknesses in government preservation of e-mail records that could leave substantial gaps as future historians examine White House and federal agency decision-making.
As more official business is conducted over e-mail, these records must be preserved as a vital part of our history. This bill is an important step towards ensuring that the e-mail records of the White House and federal agencies are properly preserved.