Coburn Introduces Bill to Halt Mandatory Printing of Bills

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) “introduced a bill Wednesday that would end the mandatory printing of Congressional bills and resolutions by the Government Printing Office,” Roll Call reports.

The proposal is the Senate companion of the Stop the Over Printing Act, which overwhelmingly passed by the House Jan. 18. No Member voted against the measure in the House.

Under the current printing practice, sponsors and co-sponsors of every bill receive at least five hard copies of the legislation, regardless of its length, and copies are also delivered to the committees of jurisdiction. Lawmakers introduced nearly 14,000 bills and resolutions last year, and the GPO’s budget estimate for printing 140,000 pages of bills, resolutions and amendments for fiscal 2011 is more than $5.7 million.

Thus far “only one Senator, Mark Warner (D-Va.), has added his name as a co-sponsor.”

But John Hart, communications director for Coburn, said the bill may pass with unanimous consent because it had bipartisan support in the House.

It’s S. 210 in the Senate.


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