GPO Prints the Congressional Record on 100 Percent Recycled Paper

Public Printer Bob Tapella presents Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with the first Congressional Record printed on 100 percent recycled paper at the Speaker's Office. Media from around the world covered this historic event for the U.S. Congress and GPO.

“It is a great day for the Congress, and I applaud GPO’s efforts to produce the Congressional Record using 100% recycled paper,” said Secretary of the U.S. Senate Nancy Erickson. “This will be a tremendous way to reduce the Senate’s carbon footprint.”

“Sustainable Environmental Stewardship is both good business and good government. As Public Printer of the United States and head of the Government Printing Office, we are here to serve Congress,” said Public Printer Bob Tapella. “The Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader of the Senate are both very much in favor of environmental initiatives, and printing the Congressional Record on 100% recycled newsprint is one step further in advancing their agendas.”

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