U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today introduced the "STOP the OverPrinting Act" (S. 210), the Senate version of legislation the House passed on January 18, 2011 by a margin of 399 -- 0. The bill would require the Government Printing Office (GPO) to make bills and resolutions available for the use of offices of Members of Congress only in an electronic format accessible through the Internet. CBO has not scored the bill but it is expected to save millions out of the $7 million GPO is expected to spend on Congressional printing this year.
"With this year's deficit hitting a record $1.5 trillion, both parties in Congress need to get in the habit of cutting spending if we are going to avert a fiscal catastrophe. This bill is a small but important step toward shifting Congress' focus from borrowing to saving. It is important for Congress to follow through and begin making real, specific cuts. I call on Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell and all of my colleagues to pass this bill by unanimous consent at the earliest opportunity and send it to the President's desk," Dr. Coburn said.
"Just about everything we do in Congress occurs in an on-line, digital environment, yet the Government Printing Office is still printing paper copies of every bill and resolution and delivering them to every Congressional office," Senator Warner said. "Individuals, families and businesses figured out a long time ago that shifting documents on-line reduces printing expenses. This commonsense proposal might be mostly symbolic, but it will save millions of taxpayer dollars every year, and that should continue to be our top priority."