From the House Republicans’ budget to an in-depth hearing on the Obama administration’s budget, last week was a busy one on Capitol Hill. Here’s a legislative update on recent activities which could potentially affect the Postal Service, its employees and the American public.
by Kori Blalock Keller
NALC Director of Legislative and Political Affairs
Budget discussions continue in the House: On April 10, the House passed Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget (H.Con.Res.36), which serves as the GOP blueprint to balance the budget in 10 years through massive spending cuts. With regard to the Postal Service, House Republicans recommended giving the Postal Service “the flexibility that any business needs to respond to changing market conditions, including declining mail volume.” In other words: elimination of Saturday delivery. Click here to read more.
House holds hearing on Postal Service, budget reform: On April 8, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to discuss the White House’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request. The hearing focused on a set of proposals put forward once again by the Obama administration that were originally developed during the Biden-Cantor deficit reduction talks back in 2011 and that have appeared in all four budgets released since that time. “The administration’s proposals fail to address the main source of the Postal Service’s problems and directly threaten nearly 100,000 good postal jobs at a time when the Postal Service’s finances have rebounded strongly,” NALC President Rolando said. Click here to read more.
An increasing number of house lawmakers continues to support six-day delivery: Over the last two weeks, scores of House members from both parties signed on to several “Dear Colleague” letters that circulated throughout congressional offices, asking House members to show solidarity in their support for maintaining appropriations language calling for retaining six-day mail delivery services. Congress has included the six-day delivery requirement in every appropriations act covering the Postal Service since 1984. Click here to read more.
Recess call to action: With so much recent activity on the budget and with the renewed interest in postal-specific issues, the congressional recess is an ideal time for NALC members to remind our representatives not to support any legislation that reduces mail delivery service, damages USPS’ networks, or does not fix the requirement to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Representatives are holding events across the country to listen to our concerns. Click here to find out how you can get in touch with your representatives to make your voice heard. America needs a strong Postal Service and the NALC needs you to deliver that message.