Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Pay for Printing Act Wednesday, a bill that will require the senator sponsoring a ceremonial or commemorative Senate resolution to reimburse the Government Printing Office for the cost of printing.
“The Pay for Printing Act will allow Senators to continue recognizing the achievements of their constituents,” Lee said. “But if a Senator is going to recognize a specific constituent or group in his or her state, then it should be up to that Senator to pay the costs of printing that resolution.”
The prepress costs for the Government Printing Office to print one page of a commemorative resolution have varied between about $40 to over $120. Currently those costs are covered by American taxpayers no matter where they live. The Pay for Printing Act will allow senators to use their official office expense account to pay for these commemorative resolutions.