H.R.195 – Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017

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H.R.195 – Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017


The bill aims “To amend title 44, United States Code, to restrict the distribution of free printed copies of the Federal Register to Members of Congress and other officers and employees of the United States, and for other purposes.”

CBO explains, “H.R. 195 would amend federal law to prohibit the Government Printing Office (GPO) from furnishing a printed copy of the Federal Register without charge to a Member of Congress or any employee of the U.S. government unless specifically requested. The Federal Register compiles and organizes thousands of rules, regulations, executive orders, presidential documents, and notices generated by federal departments and agencies.”

 (Full text of H.R. 195 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Russell, Steve [R-OK-5] (Introduced 01/03/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote

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Motion to recommit:

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Cost to the taxpayers:  , CBO expects that implementing the bill would end the distribution of about 1,000 copies of the Federal Register that are distributed daily for free. The average Federal Register has 300 pages and costs $4.50 to produce and distribute. CBO estimates that eliminating those free copies of the Federal Register would reduce spending that is subject to appropriation by $1 million annually.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 195 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 195 would not increase direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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