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Mr. KAUFMAN. Mr. President, the Senate has just passed an important piece of legislation that will make our Presidential transitions safer. The Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act, which I introduced in April along with Senators Voinovich, Akaka, and Lieberman--and which has also been cosponsored by Senators Carper and Collins--is a bipartisan bill and the product of research into best practices from recent transitions.
With input from the General Services Administration, and following the release of new studies by the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service and Presidential scholars like Martha Joynt Kumar and Terry Sullivan, we crafted a bill that draws on the successes of the 2008-2009 transition. Our Nation was fortunate that both President Bush and President-Elect Obama were both focused on ensuring a smooth and secure transition. In this, our first transition between parties since the attacks of September 11, 2001, in the midst of two wars and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, we had no room for error.
This legislation will help remove the stigma that all too often dissuades candidates from taking the responsible step of early transition planning before election day. By extending a limited number of government services to Presidential nominees, we can make early transition activities a normal part of responsible candidacy.
I thank my cosponsors for their work on this bill, and I thank my colleagues for their unanimous support. I am glad that the Senate has taken this important step. In our post-September 11 security environment, we simply cannot afford to leave Presidential transitions to chance. I urge the House of Representatives to take swift action to pass this bill.
I also ask unanimous consent that the op-ed by Ed Gillespie and Donna
Brazile on the importance of passing this bill be printed in the Record.
There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the RECORD, as follows:
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