Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) today announced that Senators Tom Coburn, M.D.(R-OK) and Mark Warner (D-VA) have introduced companion legislation to H.R. 292, the STOP the OverPrinting Act (STOP Act). Lee introduced the STOP Act earlier this year to end wasteful overprinting in Congress, and Rep. Lee's legislation passed the House of Representatives unanimously on January 18, 2011. Senators Coburn and Warner introduced S. 210 in the Senate today.
The STOP Act would end the unsolicited, automatic printing of multiple copies of bills that are delivered to Member offices for every bill they introduce or originally cosponsor.
"When it comes to government spending, it is essential that we look at all options -- no matter how large or small," said Rep. Lee. "I appreciate the action taken by Senators Coburn and Warner, who understand that every dollar counts. I hope Majority Leader Reid will quickly bring this common sense legislation up for a vote so Congress can finally end this wasteful practice."
To watch Lee's remarks on the House Floor before the bill passed the House, please click HERE.
"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.