House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a hearing on his draft postal reform bill on July 17. He formally introduced his bill, H.R. 2748, on July 19, and he has scheduled a mark-up for it on Wednesday. Click here to read the NALC response. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the committee’s ranking member, has introduced a separate measure, H.R. 2690. Click here for our response. Click here to read more about these latest developments and to watch video from the hearing.
Six-day mail still on the table for now: The House Appropriations Committee on July 17 approved the financial services appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014. The language mandating the Postal Service maintain six-day mail delivery service was included in this approved measure, which still must be approved by the full House and Senate, and signed by the president, before it becomes law.
POSTAL FACTS: NALC Director of Safety and Health Manuel L. Peralta Jr. was quoted in a Boston Globe story on July 10 about the death of a letter carrier who collapsed while carrying the mail. The widow of a Kansas City, MO Branch 30 member spoke July 9 with KMBC-TV about her own husband’s death on a hot day last summer. An article in The Contributor about why USPS matters notes that NALC has “all sorts of ideas to make the Post Office profitable again,” and it mentions NALC Chief of Staff Jim Sauber’s recent presentation at the 2013 Public Banking Conference. Nalcrest, the letter carrier retirement community in Florida, was profiled in a July 9 human interest piece for First Coast News. Also in POSTAL FACTS, you can find many examples of how NALC leaders and activists are using the news media to spread the truth about the Postal Service’s financial situation. Click here to find out how the NALC Communications Department can help members keep both the public and our elected representatives informed.