S 674

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 674

To amend chapter 9 of title 44, United States Code, to limit the printing of the Congressional Record, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 30, 2011

Mr. COBURN (for himself and Mr. KOHL) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration


A BILL

To amend chapter 9 of title 44, United States Code, to limit the printing of the Congressional Record, 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. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Congressional Record Printing Savings Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. COST SAVINGS ON PRINTING THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

    (a) In General- Chapter 9 of title 44, United States Code, is amended by striking section 903 and inserting the following:

`Sec. 903. Congressional Record: daily and permanent forms

    `(a) In General- The public proceedings of each House of Congress as reported by the Official Reporters, shall be included in the Congressional Record, which shall be issued in daily form during each session and shall be revised and made electronically available promptly, as directed by the Joint Committee on Printing, for distribution during and after the close of each session of Congress. The daily and the permanent Record shall bear the same date, which shall be that of the actual day's proceedings reported.

    `(b) Printing- Except as provided under section 906, the Government Printing Office shall not print the Congressional Record.'.

    (b) Limited Printing of the Congressional Record- Chapter 9 of title 44, United States Code, is amended by striking section 906 and inserting the following:

`Sec. 906. Congressional Record: limited printing

    `(a) Minimum Number of Copies-

      `(1) IN GENERAL- The Public Printer shall determine the minimum number of copies of the Congressional Record that are necessary to be printed for archival purposes.

      `(2) REPORTS-

        `(A) INITIAL DETERMINATION- Not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of the Congressional Record Printing Savings Act of 2011, the Public Printer shall submit a report to Congress on the minimum number determined under paragraph (1).

        `(B) MODIFIED NUMBER- If the Public Printer modifies the minimum number reported under subparagraph (A), the Public Printer shall submit a report to Congress on the modified minimum number not later than 15 days after the modification.

    `(b) Limited Printing- The Public Printer may not print more than the minimum number of copies of the Congressional Record determined under subsection (a). The Public Printer shall ensure the most cost-effective printing of the Congressional Record under this section.

    `(c) Electronic Availability- The Government Printing Office shall make the Congressional Record available--

      `(1) to the public on the website of the Government Printing Office; and

      `(2) in a format which enables the Congressional Record to be downloaded and printed by users of the website.'.

    (c) Congressional Record- Chapter 9 of title 44, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) in section 905, in the first sentence, by striking `printing' and inserting `inclusion'; and

      (2) by striking sections 909 and 910.

SEC. 3. TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.

    The table of sections for chapter 9 of title 44, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by striking the item relating to section 906 and inserting the following:

      `906. Congressional Record: limited printing.';

      and

      (2) by striking the items relating to sections 909 and 910.

SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    This Act shall take effect 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

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