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Lee proposes bill to save paper

By Andrew Polino

Amherst, NY – Congressman Chris Lee is proposing to save money and resources by decreasing the printing of government documents.

Lee introduced a bill Monday he's calling the "Stop the Over Printing Act" that he says could save up to $2.5 million a year. At a news conference in Amherst, Lee said each member of Congress receives five printed copies of every bill introduced, adding up to thousands of unnecessary documents.

"Every little amount of savings helps, and I hope that with future measures similar to this bill we can change the attitude in Washington and begin to cut wasteful spending while simultaneously cleaning up our environment," Lee said.

Lee says his bill has bipartisan support and that he's confident it will pass. He says it's "common sense" at a time when the rest of society is already going paperless.