Congress Spends $97 Million on Printing Documents

Many Hill offices are urging a shift to online.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It's no surprise that on many topics, Congress has a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude. Like when it comes to the rush to force doctors to adopt digital files to cut healthcare costs. Seems Congress is slow to take that same medicine. The Congressional Research Service says Congress is still spending nearly $97 million a year to print documents like the Congressional Record, bills, and committee reports. Just one page of the daily Congressional Record, for example, costs $727 to print. Many Hill offices do use the online version, and some lawmakers are urging a shift to online only. "We rarely use the print edition," says an aide to a top Democrat. "There's just no need. Doing it online is easy."

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