H.R. 730 (105th): To prohibit Members of the House of Representatives from using official funds for the production or mailing ...

...of newsletters, to reduce by 50 percent the amount which may be made available for the Official Mail Allowance of any such Member

105th Congress, 1997–1998. Text as of Feb 12, 1997 (Introduced).

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HR 730 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 730

To prohibit Members of the House of Representatives from using official funds for the production or mailing of newsletters, to reduce by 50 percent the amount which may be made available for the Official Mail Allowance of any such Member, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 12, 1997

Mr. POSHARD introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Oversight


A BILL

To prohibit Members of the House of Representatives from using official funds for the production or mailing of newsletters, to reduce by 50 percent the amount which may be made available for the Official Mail Allowance of any such Member, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. PROHIBITION OF THE USE OF OFFICIAL FUNDS BY MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR NEWSLETTERS.

    Notwithstanding any other law or any rule or other authority, a Member of the House of Representatives may not use any official funds for the production or mailing of a newsletter.

SEC. 2. REDUCTION RELATING TO THE OFFICIAL MAIL ALLOWANCE.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 311(e)(2)(B)(i) of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1991 (2 U.S.C. 59e(e)(2)(B)(i)) is amended by striking ‘3’ and inserting ‘1.5’.

    (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to sessions of Congress beginning with the first regular session of Congress beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. UNOBLIGATED FUNDS TO BE APPLIED TOWARD DEFICIT REDUCTION.

    Any unobligated funds remaining in the Official Mail Allowance of a Member of the House of Representatives at the end of a session of Congress shall be deposited into the general fund of the Treasury of the United States and applied toward the reduction of the Federal budget deficit.

SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS.

    For the purpose of this Act--

      (1) the term ‘Member of the House of Representatives’ means a Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress; and

      (2) the term ‘newsletter’ means any congressional newsletter, as referred to in section 3210(a)(3)(B) of title 39, United States Code.