S. 384: A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research

S. 384

A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research

Sponsor
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Date
December 13, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Monday, December 12, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider S. 384, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  S. 384 was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on February 17, 2011, and referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  On December 5, 2011, the bill was approved by the Senate by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

This legislation would extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Cost

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), enacting S. 384 would increase or decrease direct spending in most of the years 2012 through 2018 but would have no net effect on direct spending over the period as a whole.  On balance, they estimate that enacting the bill would result in a net reduction in direct spending of $2 million over the 2012-2016 period, but that savings would be offset by increased direct spending in 2017 and 2018, leading to no net impact over the 2012-2021 period.  Pay-as-you-go procedures apply because enacting the legislation would affect direct spending.  The legislation would not affect revenues.