|00:00:01||OF MEMBERS OF THE FRANKING COMMISSION AND THE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT REVIEW THE PRODUCT OF THE OFFICES OF MEMBERS.|
|00:00:10||THERE'S A LIMITATION ON THE NUMBER OF REFERENCES YOU CAN MAKE TO YOURSELF.|
|00:00:12||THERE'S A LIMITATION ON THE NUMBER OF PICTURES YOU CAN HAVE.|
|00:00:14||THERE'S A LIMITATION ON HOW LARGE THE PICTURES CAN BE.|
|00:00:16||THERE'S A LIMITATION ON SOME OF THE LANGUAGE THAT CAN BE.|
|00:00:20||WE DON'T TRY TO CENSOR IT.|
|00:00:26||THAT WHICH IS A COMMUNICATION TO OUR MEMBERSHIP.|
|00:00:28||AND IF SOMEONE IS TRYING TO SUGGEST THAT WE OUGHT NOT TO BE ALLOWED TO ASK OUR CONSTITUENTS, WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT, I'D LIKE TO SAY, YOU HAVE THAT RIGHT.|
|00:00:40||IF YOU DON'T WANT TO ASK THAT QUESTION, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ASK THAT QUESTION.|
|00:00:45||BUT THAT'S WITHIN MEMBERS TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.|
|00:00:48||AND FRANKLY I THINK THE IDEA THAT SOMEHOW WE OUGHT TO LIMIT OUR COMMUNICATIONS TO THE OLD-FASHIONED SNAIL MAIL IS JUST WRONG.|
|00:00:57||WHEN WE ATTEMPTED -- WHAT WE ATTEMPTED TO DO IS USE THE PRINCIPLES ESTABLISHED BY THE FRANKING COMMISSION OVER THE YEARS TO THE NEW TECHNOLOGY.|
|00:01:04||THAT IS SIMPLY WHAT WE HAVE DONE.|
|00:01:06||IT IS NO MORE OR NO LESS.|
|00:01:08||IF PEOPLE WANT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT PARTICULAR MESSAGES THAT HAVE COME OUT, WE CAN LOOK AT THAT AND IN FACT WE TURN DOWN MANY, MANY SUGGESTED PIECES TO BE SENT OUT BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.|
|00:01:24||. WE HAVE TRIED TO ADJUST TO THE NEW COMMUNICATIONS AND THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WOULD NOT ALLOW US TO USE NEW MEANS OF COMMUNICATIONS.|
|00:01:32||THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.|
|00:01:33||THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.|
|00:01:35||FLAKE: MAY I INQUIRE -- THE CHAIR: 30 SECONDS.|
Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California. I would just like to advise all Members that we have full-time employees working under the direction of Members of the Franking Commission and the House administration every single day who review the products of the offices of Members.
There is a limitation on the number of references you can make to yourself. There is a limitation on the number of pictures you can have. There is a limitation on how large the pictures can be. There is a limitation on some of the language that there can be. We try not to censor, but we try to make a distinction between that which is partisanly political and that which is a communication to our membership.
If someone is trying to suggest that we ought not to be allowed to ask our constituents ``What is your position on a balanced budget amendment?'' I'd like to say that you have that right. If you don't want to ask that question, you don't have to ask that question, but that's for Members to be able to do that.
Frankly, I think the idea that somehow we ought to limit our communications to the old-fashioned snail mail is just wrong. What we've attempted to do is to use the principles that have been established by the Franking Commission over the years to the new technology. That is simply what we have done. It is no more or no less. If people want to complain about particular messages that have come out, we can look at that. In fact, we turn down many, many suggested pieces to be sent out by Members of Congress. We have tried to adjust to the new communications, and the gentleman's amendment would not allow us to use a new means of communication.