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house Bill H.R. 2884

COVFEFE Act: Should a President's Social Media Posts Have to be Preserved?

Argument in favor

If the president uses social media in an official capacity then all communications need to be preserved, even if they have misspelled words.

Laura's Opinion
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06/24/2017
President Trump's Twitter tweets are an embarrassment to the country and often contain blatant lies. They may be the only thing holding him accountable and should be preserved under the Covfefe Act
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Collin's Opinion
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06/24/2017
If we don't record the worst of history, it will be repeated.
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Jennifer's Opinion
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06/24/2017
What the President says matters, especially when he's saying it on my dime. Save the records.
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Argument opposed

It’s not entirely clear that social media posts by presidents are covered by the Presidential Records Act, and their preservation isn’t necessary.

Jordan's Opinion
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06/24/2017
Are we really going to waste the nation's time and money on an issue like this?
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Loraki's Opinion
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06/24/2017
Give me a BREAK! This is such a PETTY, DISGUSTING, and DISRESPECTFUL bill! It's yet another attempt to demean our President by the Democrats. They have apparently dropped all pretense of civility. This is NOT about preserving information in order to hold someone accountable for something they said. This is mockery, plain and simple, plus the fact that they are hoping to eventually catch the President saying something THEY think he shouldn't have said, something they can use against him. HEAVEN FORBID THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE HIS OWN STYLE OF EXPRESSING HIMSELF TO THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED HIM! The DemoCommies just can't STAND the fact that Donald Trump feels free (imagine the NERVE of the guy!) to express himself informally and SOCIALLY! I doubt that President Trump would have a problem with his tweets being preserved, but the informal title of this bill speaks volumes about the contempt the left has for this President. That's why I'm voting NAY!
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SCScottTurner's Opinion
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06/24/2017
Waste of money and resources. I don't care but all these snowflakes melting is really funny!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJune 12th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 2884?

This bill — known as the COVFEFE Act — would make social media content a record that requires preservation under the Presidential Records Act on the grounds that they are official presidential communications. The Presidential Records Act prohibits the president from destroying records without consulting an archivist first, so under the COVFEFE Act the president’s posts or tweets couldn’t be deleted at will.

The bill’s full title is the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act, and its acronym refers to a misspelled tweet the president sent in May 2017.

Impact

People who want to view archival records of presidential social media posts; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2884

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced this bill to ensure that presidential social media posts are preserved under the Presidential Records Act:

“In order to maintain public trust in government, elected officials must answer for what they do and say; this includes 140-character tweets. President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented. If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post.”

This legislation has the support of 20 Democratic cosponsors in the House.


Of NoteThe National Archives released a guidance in 2013 which notified federal agencies that social media posts may create federal records that must be captured and managed according to federal laws and regulations, although it doesn't carry the force of law.

Following the defeat of Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in the Alabama Republican Senate primary run-off, President Donald Trump deleted tweets he had previously sent in support of Strange.

 

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Cezary p / Creative Commons)

AKA

Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically For Engagement Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend section 2201 of title 44, United States Code, to require the preservation of Presidential social media accounts, and for other purposes.

    President Trump's Twitter tweets are an embarrassment to the country and often contain blatant lies. They may be the only thing holding him accountable and should be preserved under the Covfefe Act
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    Are we really going to waste the nation's time and money on an issue like this?
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    If we don't record the worst of history, it will be repeated.
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    What the President says matters, especially when he's saying it on my dime. Save the records.
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    The White House press secretary stated that those tweets involved are the POTUS's own words and we are to take them as a statement from him. In that case they should certainly be preserved.
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    EVERYTHING a President says should be on the record
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    Absolutely - this is the Presidency!! Not a high school Facebook group. I am sick of the hateful lazy language and communication from 45 - he is diminishing the office and has done irreparable harm already to the sanctity of our elections and democracy. Every single tweet must be preserved for posterity - hopefully one day, generations can look back at this as a ridiculous aberration - God willing we don't continue this slide and accept lies, blaming, knee-jerk reactions. and divisiveness !!
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    The presidential word matters, elected officials should be held responsible for the things they've stated, regardless of the venue.
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    Our president should be held accountable for what he says, no matter whether he verbally says it or posts it online. You can't take back things that you say, social media shouldn't be any different for the person running our country
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    That is his preferred method of communicating so, they should definitely be preserved!
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    Accountability and history require it, especially when the President varies from objective truth so often.
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    Yes, if that is how he/she chooses to communicate with the public, he/she should be accountable for what he/she says. It's no different than any other communications.
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    Yes, so we can remember the idiot we elected.
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    Give me a BREAK! This is such a PETTY, DISGUSTING, and DISRESPECTFUL bill! It's yet another attempt to demean our President by the Democrats. They have apparently dropped all pretense of civility. This is NOT about preserving information in order to hold someone accountable for something they said. This is mockery, plain and simple, plus the fact that they are hoping to eventually catch the President saying something THEY think he shouldn't have said, something they can use against him. HEAVEN FORBID THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE HIS OWN STYLE OF EXPRESSING HIMSELF TO THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED HIM! The DemoCommies just can't STAND the fact that Donald Trump feels free (imagine the NERVE of the guy!) to express himself informally and SOCIALLY! I doubt that President Trump would have a problem with his tweets being preserved, but the informal title of this bill speaks volumes about the contempt the left has for this President. That's why I'm voting NAY!
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    Tweets are official communication and should be preserved
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    Finally... an appropriate use for the word!
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    The President's tweets are official WH communications. They directly reflect the President's state of mind, and policy decisions. Yes, preserve them.
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    What the president says on social media shouldn't be discounted just because of the platform it's on.
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    Waste of money and resources. I don't care but all these snowflakes melting is really funny!
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    With Trump in the WH, all documents, phone calls, tweets, conversations should be kept. He has flip-flopped so many times, I'm dizzy. Everything he does should be taped, not just to be used as evidence in an investigation but as learning tools for future generations in how to communicate effectively. Or not to in this case. Social media is his choice of communication. Bad...very covfefe. The WH staff and his base supporters have stated this is his preferred way of communicating. So let the preservation of all social media begin.
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