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Wisconsin Congressman Duffy wants to keep old fashioned paper, postage


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Not everybody can go online to do business with the government – and Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy says bureaucrats need to get that message.

The second-term Republican from the Wausau area has introduced a resolution requiring federal agencies to let people keep using good old fashioned paper and postage if they want to.

Social Security is moving toward a totally online system for applying for benefits – and the IRS has encouraged folks for years to file their taxes online. But Duffy says those policies leave a lot of people behind – especially seniors and poor families who either cannot afford Internet service, or are not comfortable throwing personal information into cyberspace.

Duffy aide Andrew Fasoli says reliable Internet service is not always easy to find, especially in rural areas.

The Census Bureau says seniors make up 16.5 percent of Duffy’s constituents, compared to almost 13 percent in other House districts.