H.R. 3137: To amend title 39, United States Code, to provide clarification relating to the authority of the United States Postal Service to accept donations as an additional source of funding for commemorative plaques

H.R. 3137

To amend title 39, United States Code, to provide clarification relating to the authority of the United States Postal Service to accept donations as an additional source of funding for commemorative plaques

Date
September 15, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. 3137 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on May 12, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3137 would clarify the authority of the U.S. Postal Service to accept monetary donations to purchase plaques for the commemorative designation of postal facilities. Donors would be able to specify at which postal facility the donation would be used.

The bill would require the Postal Service to provide a plaque, if it has been designated by law to commemorate an individual, within 120 days of enactment if sufficient funds have been received. Excess funds would be used for plaques at other facilities, if the donor consents.

 

Background

Legislation naming post offices for individuals has become a common practice-more than twenty percent of the public laws passed by the 110th and 109th Congresses were post office naming bills. The cost of dedicating a post office in the name of an individual is modest, only requiring a small plaque to be installed within the post office.

Many individuals honored by post office naming acts are individuals of local renown, and recently many post offices have been named for U.S. soldiers killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 3137 would have no discretionary cost to the federal government.