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                                                                                                                                     Calendar No. 337
                                                                   110TH CONGRESS
                                                                      1ST SESSION
                                                                                                        S. RES. 22
                                                                        Reaffirming the constitutional and statutory protections accorded sealed
                                                                                        domestic mail, and for other purposes.




                                                                               IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
                                                                                               JANUARY 10, 2007
                                                                   Ms. COLLINS (for herself, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Mr. CARPER, Mr. COLEMAN, Mr.
                                                                       AKAKA, Mr. FEINGOLD, and Mr. LEAHY) submitted the following resolu-
                                                                       tion; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and
                                                                       Governmental Affairs

                                                                                                     SEPTEMBER 4, 2007
                                                                                        Reported by Mr. LIEBERMAN, without amendment




                                                                                               RESOLUTION
                                                                        Reaffirming the constitutional and statutory protections
                                                                        accorded sealed domestic mail, and for other purposes.

                                                                   Whereas all Americans depend on the United States Postal
                                                                      Service to transact business and communicate with
                                                                      friends and family;
                                                                   Whereas postal customers have a constitutional right to ex-
                                                                      pect that their sealed domestic mail will be protected
                                                                      against unreasonable searches;
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                                                                   Whereas the circumstances and procedures under which the
                                                                      Government may search sealed mail are well defined, in-

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                                                                           cluding provisions under the Foreign Intelligence Surveil-
                                                                           lance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), and gen-
                                                                           erally require prior judicial approval;
                                                                   Whereas the United States Postal Inspection Service has the
                                                                      authority to open and search a sealed envelope or pack-
                                                                      age when there is immediate threat to life or limb or an
                                                                      immediate and substantial danger to property;
                                                                   Whereas the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act
                                                                      (Public Law 109–435) expressly reaffirmed the right of
                                                                      postal customers to have access to a class of mail sealed
                                                                      against inspection;
                                                                   Whereas the United States Postal Service affirmed January
                                                                      4, 2007, that the enactment of the Postal Accountability
                                                                      and Enhancement Act (Public Law 109–435) does not
                                                                      grant Federal law enforcement officials any new author-
                                                                      ity to open domestic mail;
                                                                   Whereas the signing statement on the Postal Accountability
                                                                      and Enhancement Act (Public Law 109–435) issued by
                                                                      President Bush on December 20, 2006, raises questions
                                                                      about the President’s commitment to abide by these basic
                                                                      privacy protections; and
                                                                   Whereas the Senate rejects any interpretation of the Presi-
                                                                      dent’s signing statement on the Postal Accountability and
                                                                      Enhancement Act (Public Law 109–435) that in any way
                                                                      diminishes the privacy protections accorded sealed domes-
                                                                      tic mail under the Constitution and Federal laws and
                                                                      regulations: Now, therefore, be it
                                                                     1              Resolved, That the Senate reaffirms the constitutional
                                                                     2 and statutory protections accorded sealed domestic mail.
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                             Calendar No. 337
110TH CONGRESS
   1ST SESSION      S. RES. 22




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           RESOLUTION




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Reaffirming the constitutional and statutory protec-
  tions accorded sealed domestic mail, and for
  other purposes.
                SEPTEMBER 4, 2007




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