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senate Bill S. 394

Should Changes be Made to Smooth the Transfer of Executive Power During Presidential Transitions?

Argument in favor

Presidential transitions aren’t sufficiently planned before Inauguration Day, endangering the stability and reliability of our government. Outlining clear expectations for how and when presidential campaigns and president-elects and vice president-elects should engage with the General Services Administration (GSA) can help ensure the handoff of power from an outgoing administration to an incoming one is as smooth as possible.

Leslie's Opinion
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02/05/2020
King Trump (and his cronies) aren’t going to willingly or easily hand over the keys to the kingdom, “In the leadup to the 2020 presidential election, some Democrats are already anticipating — and attempting to plan for — a hostile Trump transition should a Democrat win the 2020 presidential election. At least one outside group working with 2020 Democratic campaigns has launched an effort to give campaigns an early look at the landscape awaiting them if they triumph over Trump; additionally, the Partnership for Public Service is openly appealing to Trump and his Democratic opponents to start thinking early about transition planning even if doing so comes across as “presumptuous.”” Leaving Trump in power despite his high crimes & misdemeanors requires legislation restricting his illegal use of the Office of the Presidency for his own personal benefit!
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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02/05/2020
Presidential transitions aren’t sufficiently planned before Inauguration Day. There are many activities that need to be done and very few qualified in the campaign to do it. With a set of clear expectations will make the transition run more smoothly. One thing I would not change is the General Services Administration (GAO) support availability. I would leave it at 180 days.
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Maryjane's Opinion
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02/05/2020
Well-said Leslie. Thinking ahead for 2020 post-election, no one can count on Trump exiting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in a quasi-dignified manner. The LIAR-in-CHIEF will most probably have to be dragged away, kicking, tweeting & screaming by numerous burly officers.
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Argument opposed

Issues around how best to handle presidential transitions should largely be left to the executive branch and presidential campaigns themselves, as they’re better positioned to address these questions than Congress. With regard to 2020, there are already outside groups planning to help smooth the transition should a Democrat oust President Donald Trump, so there’s no need for this legislation now.

jimK's Opinion
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02/05/2020
I support titled purpose of this bill but definitely do not support the implementation details. This was obviously a waste for trump, since he ignored or dismissed much of the information GSA and transition staffers tried to provide. All I can see for sure is that the bill cuts the funds available to support transition efforts by two thirds. People charged with helping trump’s transition stated how afraid they were that he did not care to understand what his role was, what the current important issues were, what our country’s international commitments were or any of the classified intel regarding ongoing threats. The ‘Stable Genius’ genuinely frightened them. It kind of explains why the President had to ask for an explanation regarding what Pearl Harbor was all about and why did we have a memorial there. (No, I am not lying or kidding, this is true!) Any real president would want to know these things and take them seriously and get as much information and background as necessary to fully understand these things. Why is there separate legislation needed to cover this? Isn’t the current legislated program enough? I am pleased that the Republican’s are so concerned about losing the presidency that they are looking to booby trap our next president’s successful transition. F#@kheads!
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Dicr's Opinion
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02/05/2020
Another topic that only gets brought up because of Individual #1’s total disrespect of his office and the general rule of law. Typical through his entire life as witnessed by the 3500 lawsuits he was involved in before he even ran. Google it tRumpets, your hero is nothing but a con.
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Hillary's Opinion
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02/05/2020
Assuming we have a transfer of presidential power again after allowing the orange dictator free reign in the White House, then the incoming team has their own strategy.
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    King Trump (and his cronies) aren’t going to willingly or easily hand over the keys to the kingdom, “In the leadup to the 2020 presidential election, some Democrats are already anticipating — and attempting to plan for — a hostile Trump transition should a Democrat win the 2020 presidential election. At least one outside group working with 2020 Democratic campaigns has launched an effort to give campaigns an early look at the landscape awaiting them if they triumph over Trump; additionally, the Partnership for Public Service is openly appealing to Trump and his Democratic opponents to start thinking early about transition planning even if doing so comes across as “presumptuous.”” Leaving Trump in power despite his high crimes & misdemeanors requires legislation restricting his illegal use of the Office of the Presidency for his own personal benefit!
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    I support titled purpose of this bill but definitely do not support the implementation details. This was obviously a waste for trump, since he ignored or dismissed much of the information GSA and transition staffers tried to provide. All I can see for sure is that the bill cuts the funds available to support transition efforts by two thirds. People charged with helping trump’s transition stated how afraid they were that he did not care to understand what his role was, what the current important issues were, what our country’s international commitments were or any of the classified intel regarding ongoing threats. The ‘Stable Genius’ genuinely frightened them. It kind of explains why the President had to ask for an explanation regarding what Pearl Harbor was all about and why did we have a memorial there. (No, I am not lying or kidding, this is true!) Any real president would want to know these things and take them seriously and get as much information and background as necessary to fully understand these things. Why is there separate legislation needed to cover this? Isn’t the current legislated program enough? I am pleased that the Republican’s are so concerned about losing the presidency that they are looking to booby trap our next president’s successful transition. F#@kheads!
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    Another topic that only gets brought up because of Individual #1’s total disrespect of his office and the general rule of law. Typical through his entire life as witnessed by the 3500 lawsuits he was involved in before he even ran. Google it tRumpets, your hero is nothing but a con.
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    Assuming we have a transfer of presidential power again after allowing the orange dictator free reign in the White House, then the incoming team has their own strategy.
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    Presidential transitions aren’t sufficiently planned before Inauguration Day. There are many activities that need to be done and very few qualified in the campaign to do it. With a set of clear expectations will make the transition run more smoothly. One thing I would not change is the General Services Administration (GAO) support availability. I would leave it at 180 days.
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    Republicans trying to hamstring the next Democratic President. This is just a attempted power-grab by the traitorous cowardly GOP plague rats. #REJECTTHEGOP #ALLBLUE2020
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    Well-said Leslie. Thinking ahead for 2020 post-election, no one can count on Trump exiting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in a quasi-dignified manner. The LIAR-in-CHIEF will most probably have to be dragged away, kicking, tweeting & screaming by numerous burly officers.
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    No need for Congressional help to smooth a transition for the next president or any of the current, useless Republican representatives and senators who will be leaving either. Those replacing you will be able to do their jobs in an ethical, moral, and conscientious manner without your help. Bye bye Felicia!
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    No. The process has been working for many years. Individual-1 May have issues though. So have many boxes of tissues on hand, 45.
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    James, as usual, your ignorance is showing. This legislation was proposed by a Repugnant from Wisconsin. Please shut up, unless you do due diligence. You just make yourself look like an ass! Celiaann, I love your comments. The one about prying the Dump out of the White House was priceless. 🙃😂😊 Oops, let’s not forget to fumigate, once they’re out. Creepy to think one might have to sit on a toilet seat he used and tweeted from. I’d have them all replaced before I moved in. No doubt about it! 🥴. Actually, I’d be sure to sterilize anything he and WHOTUS touched. Never know where they’ve been!
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    burrkitty your right. There have been many land mines laid that even while people complain about Trump will also complain whe the actions (Executive Orders) are done away with. Can’t wait to hear all the gashing of teeth when the 2017 Tax Law is challenged.
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    I don’t think the transition is the problem
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    Another attempt to usurp/control the exective branch by the Democrats.
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    Another shitty idea from a GOP POS. Nope. #GoFuckYourselves
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    Changes are needed now why? Because the current administration screwed it up so badly??? The current administration IS THE SWAMP!
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    WTHF are you people in the senate spending your time on??Clearly, not sh*t that matters. Advanced by the right wing, a body that has turned their back on the people, due process, and the rule of law, it is entirely suspect. Now about that giant stack of important bipartisan bills passed by the House?
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    Max Stier already did this. Trump just refused to follow thru. Read: The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis Prologue Lost in Transition https://www.oregano.pro/book/1410908850/the-fifth-risk
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    Remember when republican ideas were about less government involvement.
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    This is an attempt by Trump to hold power after he is tossed out on his ass!
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    Shortening the time does not increase the efficacy.
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