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Senate Ends Franked Mail Privilege. Janu On Janu , the Senate voted to abolish the congressional franking privilege after rejecting a House-passed provision that would have provided special stamps for the free mailing of printed Senate and House documents. Example of Franking Privilege. The case of Rising is an example of where franking privilege was violated. John Tunney and George Brown, Jr. . "Privilege" franking is a personally pen-signed or printed facsimile signature of a person with a "franking privilege" such as certain government officials (especially legislators) and others designated by law or Postal Regulations. This allows the letter or other parcel to be sent without the application of a postage stamp. Franking, term used for the right of sending letters or postal packages free of charge. The word is derived from the French affranchir (“free”). The privilege was claimed by the British House of Commons in in “a Bill for erecting and establishing a Post Office,” their demand being that all letters addressed to or sent by members.
In the same manner, when Parliament is in session, the members have the privilege of franking letters on public business, an account is kept by the Post-Office, and the . Congressional Franking Privilege: Background and Recent Legislation Congressional Research Service 3 Congress spent $ million on official mail. House official mail costs ($ million) were 82% of the total, whereas Senate official mail costs ($ million) were 18% of the Size: KB. Not all members of Congress use the franking privilege as much as they could. In North Texas, for example, three members spent small amounts, according to a study of congressional office spending by the Sunlight Foundation: Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, spent about $25, last year on mass mailings to his 6th Congressional District. Rep. Violations of these rules should result in extension of the franking privilege to all challengers in the next election. Rather than trying to determine the proper degree of admonishment or censure or fine to punish abuse of the franking privilege, punishment should be in-kind: if a member of congress abuses the franking privilege to create a de.
A Free Frank was a mark applied by means of a hand-stamp to parliamentary mail in Britain to indicate that the mailed item did not require postage. The privilege of free franking was granted to four different classes: Members of Parliament; peers sitting in the House of Lords; office-holders, largely as stipulated by Acts of Parliament; and to archbishops and bishops sitting in the . Learn franking+privilege with free interactive flashcards. Choose from 11 different sets of franking+privilege flashcards on Quizlet. Goodale: Duncan abuses franking privilege By: R. Neal Troy Goodale, candidate for Tennessee's 2nd Congressional district, says Rep. Duncan is hypocritical about saving taxpayer money while using "the taxpayer's dime for his own political benefit and advantage.". Franking privilege refers to the privilege of sending mail without payment of postage. This privilege is exercised in pursuance of personal or official designations. The members of Congress have the right to send mail to their constituents at the government's expense. “Cover letters from a U.S. Congressman in mailings about official business.