|A Bill to Ratify the Constitution and Make Void the Congressional "Franking" Privilege
||[Jan. 22nd, 2006|04:17 pm]
The JSA community for Marlborough High
A Bill to Ratify the Constitution and Make Void the Congressional "Franking" Privilege|
Sponsored by: Senator Melissa Fulham of Marlborough High School
Representative Emily Miethner of Marlborough High School
Members of Congress are given many privileges. One privilege that is constantly abused is "franking," or using a signature in the place of postage stamps. Franking cost the taxpayers $60 million in 2004. It is a privilege that is simply unnecessary. It is also one of the many advantages incumbents have when running for office. The problem with this advantage is that Congressmen over/misuse it constantly. There have been many attempts to limit the use of franking, but none have been successful, Congressmen either find loopholes or totally disregard the reforms that they themselves have made. Because of their failure to abide by the rules, the privilege should be completely negated.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, that:
Section 1: No member of Congress shall be permitted to use his/her signature in replace of buying and using postage stamps.
Section 2: This bill shall be enacted starting at the beginning of the Fiscal Year, October 1st, in 2006.