H.R.198 - Postal Service Core Business Act of 1997105th Congress (1997-1998)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Hunter, Duncan [R-CA-52] (Introduced 01/07/1997)|
|Committees:||House - Government Reform and Oversight|
|Latest Action:||02/04/1997 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E121-122) (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (01/07/1997)
[Congressional Bills 105th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 198 Introduced in House (IH)] 105th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 198 To limit the types of commercial nonpostal services which may be offered by the United States Postal Service. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 7, 1997 Mr. Hunter (for himself, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Packard, Mr. Cox of California, Mr. Riggs, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. McCrery, Mr. Rohrabacher, Mr. McKeon, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Livingston, Mr. Coble, and Mr. Combest) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To limit the types of commercial nonpostal services which may be offered by the United States Postal Service. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Postal Service Core Business Act of 1997''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds that-- (1) the United States Postal Service is a quasi-government corporation and receives certain benefits and privileges pursuant to that status; (2) the United States Postal Service has a statutory monopoly on the delivery of letters; (3) economic development should be promoted through small business enhancement; and (4) the United States Postal Service has recently entered into direct competition with private companies in the offering of commercial nonpostal services. SEC. 3. LIMITATION ON ACTIVITIES ALLOWABLE. (a) Postal Policy.--Section 101 of title 39, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(h)(1) The Postal Service may not make available to the public any commercial nonpostal service except if or to the extent that such service was made available nationwide by the Postal Service to the public (whether under the Domestic Mail Manual or otherwise) as of January 1, 1994. ``(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the term `commercial nonpostal service' includes such services as volume retail photocopying, packaging services (including gift-wrapping services), notary public services, and the sale of office supplies. ``(3) Nothing in this subsection shall be considered-- ``(A) to affect any governmental function or services in support of any governmental function; or ``(B) to be applicable to the extent contrary to statute or any treaty or international agreement.''. (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by this section shall take effect 4 months after the date of the enactment of this Act. <all>