House Passes Russell Amendment to Curtail Wasteful Printing
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell’s (OK-5) amendment, also known as Federal Register Printing Savings Act, was adopted in the House by a voice vote, and was included in the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act which was passed Friday morning. Russell’s amendment curtails the printing and distribution of unnecessary copies of the Federal Register that is distributed to each Congressional and House Committee office daily. Since the Federal Register is available online, any office that needs the information can find it digitally; therefore, almost all of the printed copies are discarded. Of course, if a member of Congress, or other federal official, wishes to receive the printed copies of the Federal Register they may still register to do so. The annual savings of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars could then be put to better use.
Congressman Steve Russell, author of Waste Watch said, “I have become convinced we will never solve the national debt crisis with a single massive measure that only seems to divide everybody. Instead, we must fight waste one agency at a time until we spend within our means. Every dollar saved helps this country get back to economic and military strength. When I see a program that is unnecessary I will continue to take action to end it, big or small, and I am proud of my colleagues today who voted to end yet another example of government waste.”