House subcommittee introduces appropriations measure without six-day language; House and Senate mark-ups next week: This week, the House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee released its Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. This bill has traditionally included language that preserves Saturday delivery. Unfortunately, Subcommittee Chairman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) introduced the bill without our language. As a result, when the full appropriations committee marks up the bill this Wednesday, June 25, the language will have to be reinserted before it passes the committee. To support this effort, please call 202-225-3121 today and ask your House representative to vote for the six-day delivery amendment offered by Rep. Serrano when the appropriations bill is amended by the full committee on Wednesday morning.
Also, tell whoever answers the phone that:
Ending Saturday delivery would do more harm than good by driving away business and revenue. Eliminating delivery services also would hurt every American throughout our country in communities large and small, including senior citizens and small-business owners who rely on Saturday delivery services.
The Postal Service is the largest civilian employer of veterans in the United States. With a workforce that is 25 percent veterans, the loss of 80,000 full- and part-time jobs that would follow the elimination of Saturday delivery would hurt the veterans who are current postal employees as well as the thousands of future veterans who will be seeking civilian employment.
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House leadership shelves Highway Trust Fund—USPS offset: The postal offset received a wide range of resistance from labor, businesses, the Heritage Foundation, and rank-and-file members of Congress, to name a few. It now appears that this idea has been shelved while House and Senate lawmakers scramble to find a more palatable fix. Click here to read more.
Shakeup in House leadership: On Thursday, House Republicans elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to become the new House majority leader, replacing Eric Cantor (R-VA), who unexpectedly lost his House seat in the Virginia GOP primary to college professor David Brat. McCarthy beat Tea Party candidate Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). Click here to read more.
Kori Blalock Keller
NALC Director of Legislative and Political Affairs