Coburn, Kohl look to chip away at printing costs

Under the bill, copies of the Congressional Record would be printed only for archives or if specifically asked for by the vice president or lawmakers. 

A spokesman for the GPO said the office's initial evaluation of the measure found it would likely save less than its sponsors had said and that the office was now printing 3,720 copies of the Congressional Record, down from almost 20,000 in 1994.

In January, the House approved, by a vote of 399-0, a bill that would stop the automatic printing of legislative measures for congressional offices. Coburn and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) have introduced a Senate version of that legislation, on to which 13 other senators have also signed.