H.R. 5384, Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2016

H.R. 5384

Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2016

Date
November 30, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5384, the Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5384 was introduced on June 3, 2016, by Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration. The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform ordered the bill reported, by unanimous consent, on November 16, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5384 bars the Government Printing Office from providing a copy of the Federal Register without charge to a Member of Congress or any other office unless the Member or office requests a printed copy of a specific issue, or the Member of office requested a subscription to printed copies of the Federal Register for that year.

Background

The Federal Register is the official journal of the federal government and contains government agency rules, proposed rules, and public notices. An annual subscription to the Federal Register costs $929, but members of Congress receive their copies for free. Most of these printed copies end up in the trash, costing taxpayers more than half a million dollars each year, because the Federal Register is available online and can be searched in a database.[1]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “When I think of how many Americans it takes to earn the money to waste on this mandatory printed register, it gives me motivation to fight waste even more. We got into our national debt one wasteful practice at a time, and we will get out of it one sensible measure at a time. Every time we can save money, no matter how much, it begins to make our nation stronger.”[2]

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[1] See Rep. Russell’s Press Release, November 17, 2016
[2] Id.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is not currently available.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.