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senate Bill S. 1172

Streamlining the Presidential Transition Process

Argument in favor

Anything to make the presidential transition process smoother should be done. The federal government is enormously complex, and this is a nonpartisan issue.

Buster's Opinion
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08/27/2015
Hope anything helps to get rid of current traitor in the White House
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Deborah's Opinion
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02/15/2016
My understanding is that prior to President Bush, there was no transition at all. Even PTA presidents get a book to help transition them to their new duties, why don't we streamline things for the most important elected official we have?
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Tim's Opinion
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02/16/2016
It's just common sense that there should be coordination of major changes in leadership in all areas of the federal government when a new President comes in.
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Argument opposed

Recent presidential transitions haven’t gone that badly without these councils and working groups -- is this really necessary?

Steven's Opinion
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02/29/2016
Can anyone name a bad transition off the top of their head? Neither can I, this is a non issue.
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chrisagiddings's Opinion
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02/15/2016
Adding layers of formality and oversight to a process which has historically been smooth and lacking animosity… would I think complicate the following of many unwritten rules whereby previous commanders in chief offer solicited council to the sitting commander in chief without raucous clambering from their respective party leaders.
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Adam's Opinion
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02/15/2016
The previous transitions of power, despite the incoming presidents policies and views, have all been smooth. Adding new systems to a proven process can add unintended layers of procedures and complications
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bill Progress


  • EnactedMarch 18th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed February 29th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Oversight, Management, and Accountability
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • The senate Passed July 30th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in Senate
  • referral
    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  • calendar
    Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably.
  • reported
    Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson with amendments. With written report No. 114-94.
  • calendar
    Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 166.
  • action
    Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
  • action
    The committee amendments agreed to by Unanimous Consent.
  • vote
    Passed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • action
    Received in the House.
  • referral
    Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to House Homeland Security
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 114-384, Part I.
  • action
    Committee on Homeland Security discharged.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 290.
  • action
    Mr. Hice, Jody B. moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1172.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • action
    Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate bill.
  • vote
    Senate agreed to the House amendment to the Senate bill by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • topresident
    Presented to President.
  • signed
    Signed by President.
  • enacted
    Became Public Law No: 114-136.

bill Progress


  • EnactedMarch 18th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed February 29th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Oversight, Management, and Accountability
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • The senate Passed July 30th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2015

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    Hope anything helps to get rid of current traitor in the White House
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    Can anyone name a bad transition off the top of their head? Neither can I, this is a non issue.
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    Adding layers of formality and oversight to a process which has historically been smooth and lacking animosity… would I think complicate the following of many unwritten rules whereby previous commanders in chief offer solicited council to the sitting commander in chief without raucous clambering from their respective party leaders.
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    The previous transitions of power, despite the incoming presidents policies and views, have all been smooth. Adding new systems to a proven process can add unintended layers of procedures and complications
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    Seems unnecessary and expensive.
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    Completely unnecessary and would make this process partisan at some point.
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    Donald trump should be in jail not in the White House to begin with.
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    Why do we try to over complicate things? There are so many existing employees of the government that could be utilized to assist in the transition. We don't need to create more committees or more departments and spending more money for transitional presidency. Let's use what we have and be efficient and cost conscious.
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    This bill seems unneeded.
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    It's just common sense that there should be coordination of major changes in leadership in all areas of the federal government when a new President comes in.
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    My understanding is that prior to President Bush, there was no transition at all. Even PTA presidents get a book to help transition them to their new duties, why don't we streamline things for the most important elected official we have?
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    Good past examples are not the ultimate guide in this very complex process. Normally I'm loath to create new bureaucracies but being the leader of the free world is in itself a complex assignment. I support this legislation, albeit with reservations as to the ever-increasing size of government.
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    We have never had an issue with the changing of presidents. Why should we create a committee which will cost money to fund something that has never been an issue. Waste of taxpayers money.
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    There have been no major problems. These are supposedly adults who should be able to work it out. We don't need to spend millions on one more federal agency
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    Without a cost estimate this seems meaningless to even consider
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    This formalizes a process that doesn't need to be formalized. It also gives power to agency officials before their time in office. There are inauguration dates for a reason, and that reason is for the transition of power.
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    Federal hiring creep. More big shots to hire, more office space and ancillary employees. Then there is all that set uptime. The only thing I see as a positive would be more witnesses to prevent the outgoing presidential staff from sabotaging the computers or stealing WH China.
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    Perhaps additional training will foster responsible governance. Or at least allow us to get our cabinet members early.
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    Stifling!!!
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    I feel that many of the presidential candidates, though some more than others, lack the knowledge and experience to really have a smooth transition without this bill.
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