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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma

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Congressman Russell Cost Cutting Bills Move Forward in Senate

July 26, 2017
Press Release

Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved 13 bills, including two cost cutting bills introduced by Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) this Congress, the Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017 and the Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017. Clearing this hurdle puts them on a favorable path to becoming law.

The Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017 prohibits the Government Publishing Office from providing a printed copy of the Federal Register 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 or office requests a one year subscription of printed copies of the Federal Register. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that enacting this bill would reduce government spending by $1 million annually.

The Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017 amends the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 to clarify that the General Services Administration has responsibility for promoting and recommending efficient mail processing practices among federal agencies.

For every million dollars that is wasted, 96 Oklahomans have to work all year long to pay their taxes so we can waste it. Cutting government waste has been a core objective of Congressman Russell, whose legislation has saved $4 billion thus far. Russell has introduced 11 cost cutting bills this Congress, which if enacted would save the taxpayer $28.5 billion. Since coming to Congress he has published seven editions of his Waste Watch report highlighting a total of more than $300 billion in wasteful government spending.