Helping the Victims of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Several offices have contacted the Committee on House Administration, the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking Commission), and the Committee on Ethics to inquire about the extent to which official resources may be used to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011. We would like to take this opportunity to provide a review of the applicable rules, regulations, and procedures.