H.R.978 - To amend the formula for determining the Official Mail Allowance for Members of the House of Representatives; to amend the provisions of title 39, United States Code, relating to the franking privilege for Members of Congress and provide that the provisions of law preventing Members from sending mass mailings within the 60-day period immediately before an election be expanded so as to prevent Members from mailing any unsolicited franked mail within that period, and for other purposes.104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Blute, Peter I. [R-MA-3] (Introduced 02/16/1995)|
|Committees:||House - Government Reform and Oversight; House Oversight|
|Latest Action:||House - 02/21/1995 Referred to the Subcommittee on Postal Service. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.978 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (02/16/1995)
Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1991 to revise the formula for the official mail allowance (thus, reducing the amount allowed) for Members of the House of Representatives.
Prohibits the transfer of funds appropriated for official mail costs of the House.
Prohibits any: (1) Member of Congress from sending any unsolicited franked mail (currently, franked mass mailings) postmarked fewer than 60 days immediately before any primary or general election in which such Member is a candidate; and (2) Representative who is a candidate for any other public office from sending unsolicited franked mail outside his or her congressional district.
Repeals Federal law that makes frankable mail matter which consists of voter registration, election information, or assistance prepared and mailed in a nonpartisan manner.
Requires any amount remaining in an official allowance of a Member of the House of Representatives at the end of the session of the Congress or other period for which the allowance is made available to be returned to the Treasury for deficit reduction.