Presidential transition bill passes the Senate
Republicans presidential candidates aren't the only politicians thinking about 2012: The U.S. Senate today spent a few minutes thinking ahead two years and approved a bill that provides federal assistance to presidential candidates to prepare for a White House transition.
As The Eye detailed in April, the bill calls on the Senate to confirm a new president's top nominees on or shortly after Inauguration Day.
It also would instruct the General Services Administration to provide presidential candidates with office space and equipment and security clearances to start planning for a possible presidency. Candidates also could establish tax-exempt accounts that could receive donations of up to $5,000 per person to cover transition-related expenses.
Lead sponsor Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) said the measure "will help remove the stigma that all-too-often dissuades candidates from taking the responsible step of early transition planning before Election Day."
But no word if the House can remove the stigma of gridlock and get the bill passed anytime sooner.
| September 24, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
Categories: Administration, Congress
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