H.R. 3308: Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2014

H.R. 3308

Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2014

Sponsor
Rep. Billy Long

Date
February 26, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 3308, the Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on October 22, 2013 by Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3308 requires each communication funded by a federal agency for advertising or educational purposes to clearly state that: 1) in the case of a printed communication, that it is printed and published at taxpayer expense; and 2) in the case of a radio, television, or Internet transmission, that the communication is produced and disseminated at taxpayer expense.  Moreover, this legislation requires that the notification be clearly readable, set apart from other contents of the communication, and printed with a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background and the printed statement.  

Background

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reserved significant advertisement buys promoting Obamacare, specifically targeting states that had opted out of Medicaid expansion.[1]  Currently, these advertisements are not required to contain any disclaimer that they are produced at taxpayer expense.  This bill would change that, and provide specific requirements for printing or broadcasting disclosures.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 3308 would have no significant impact on the budget.[1]  CBO estimates that this legislation could affect direct spending, but that any net increase would be insignificant.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.