Magazine article American Libraries

Library Postal-Rate Cap Is Law; GPO Bill Vetoed

Magazine article American Libraries

Library Postal-Rate Cap Is Law; GPO Bill Vetoed

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In the waning days of its 106th session, Congress passed legislation establishing postal-rate provisions for certain subclasses, including library and educational mail. President Clinton signed the measure October 27.

ALA's Washington Office said that the measure will provide some classes with a cap provision that should limit the large increases proposed yearly by the Postal Service. It includes a Special Rule for Library and Educational Matter stating that "postage on each mailing of such mail shall be as nearly as practicable 5% lower than the postage for corresponding regular-rate mailing."

Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), chairman of the Postal Service Subcommittee of the Government Reform Committee, called the bill "an extremely important piece of legislation to ensure the financial viability and survivability of nonprofit mailers, the kinds of nonprofit mailers that all of us have and enjoy in our communities, churches, charitable organizations, educational publications, and so many others."

Congress also approved a legislative branch appropriations bill that reflected slight reductions from fiscal year 2000 in the Government Printing Office's Congressional Printing and Binding Appropriation and the Superintendent of Documents operations, following a directive by conferees calling for cost savings through online access and electronic formats. …

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