House Communications Standards Commission

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May 6, 2020 Page
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 5 of the act of December 18, 1973 (87 Stat. 742; Public Law 93-191), the Rules of Practice in Proceedings before the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards, as hereinafter set forth, have been prescribed and established by the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards at its organizational meeting held on February 4, 1974.
Dec 19, 2019 Press Release
Republican and Democratic lawmakers today praised the release of new Communications Standards by the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking Commission).
Apr 29, 2019 Page

Initial Submission

Member offices must submit an Advisory Opinion Request prior to distribution of all unsolicited mass emails via the online portal here. This does not include mass emails send to opted-in/subscriber lists.

The attachment must be submitted as an actual email file (.eml, .msg, etc.) in its final format (send yourself a test email) – as the constituent will view it, with all clickable links activated.

Apr 29, 2019 Page
All House Members are notified that the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (House Communications Standards Commission) will only accept new Advisory Opinion requests that are submitted through the new online portal (hosted on the House network), beginning on October 2, 2017. This new resource will give Member and Committee offices the ability to submit new requests, track the status of existing requests, verify requests for final approval, and access Advisory Opinions for records and reimbursements.
Apr 29, 2019 Page

A Member may not send any unsolicited mass mailing or mass communication less than 60 days immediately before the date of any primary or general election (whether regular, special, or runoff) in which the Member is a candidate for public office.

Please Note: Primaries are subject to change. The General Election Blackout for Members, Delegates and the Resident Commissioner begins September 9, 2022. Some states may have runoff date restrictions.

Apr 15, 2019 Page

Quarterly Mass Mailings and Mass Communications Form

The Quarterly Mass Mailings and Mass Communications Form provides House Offices with an efficient way to submit information on mass mailings and communications.

The electronic form offers several time saving features: