Postal Reform Bill to Hit Senate Floor Next Week: NALC Prepares to Mobilize

National Association of Letter Carriers

S. 1789 could come up Monday: An amended version of S. 1789 – which the NALC has not yet seen – appears headed for consideration on the floor of the Senate as early as Monday. Based on what little we know right now, the expectation is that the amendments still do not go far enough toward addressing the major problems we have with this deeply flawed legislation. The NALC is prepared to mobilize members to oppose any measure that includes language jeopardizing a day of mail delivery service.

The article in The Hill reads in part: Having dispatched with a small business measure and congressional insider trading bill, the Senate is poised to take up a bipartisan measure that would overhaul the cash-strapped Postal Service’s operations next week.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has called the postal legislation a priority in recent weeks, filed for cloture on Thursday, setting up a Monday vote on the bill from Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

Carper said Thursday that he welcomed Reid’s decision to move the bill to the floor, and said that Congress had to move fast to help an agency that has lost billions of dollars in recent years.

“This bill – the only bipartisan proposal from Members in either Chamber – presents a comprehensive solution to the Postal Service’s financial challenges,” the Delaware Democrat said in a statement. “While the situation facing the Postal Service is dire, it is not hopeless. That is why we need to pass this bipartisan and comprehensive bill as soon as possible.”

The bill from the four senators, all members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, cleared the panel in November.

The lawmakers had hoped their bill would have progressed more quickly this year, but the measure has found resistance from, among other places, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other members of the Democratic caucus.

The remainder of The Hill article can be read here.


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