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Issa offers bill ending 'census mailer' loophole

By Ed O'Keefe

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced a measure on Tuesday designed to -- pardon the pun -- seal a loophole in the so-called "census mailer" law.

Issa's add-on bill removes any ambiguity from the law signed by President Obama this month that makes it illegal to use the word "census" on an envelope or document without a disclaimer stating the sender is not associated with the U.S. government. The add-on clarifies that it's illegal to see the word census visible through the envelope or outside cover or wrapper or on the envelope -- without a disclaimer.

The Republican National Committee continued sending envelopes with the word "census" visible through a hole in the envelope.

In a statement, Issa said the GOP mailings "plainly violate the spirit and intent of the law." He said he hopes for quick, bipartisan approval. Read the bill below:

H R 5148 - Census Mailers

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 27, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  Census  
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