Government to GPO: Hold the Hard Copy
WASHINGTON, DC—The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill earlier this week that puts a stop to the mandatory printing of Congressional documents, a move that is expected to save taxpayers $35 million over 10 years, several sources reported.
The House passed the bill by a 399-0 vote. The Government Printing Office (GPO) prints between 325 and 475 copies of any bill or resolution. According to FoxNews.com, the bill would see future Congressional business disseminated to lawmakers via digital copies through the Internet.
Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY), who authored the bill, said that nearly three million paper copies of bills/resolutions were distributed to lawmakers in 2010, including 750,000 pages for the health care reform legislation alone.