For letter carriers, last week was a pretty good week on Capitol Hill. Here’s what’s been happening:
6-day language makes it into House appropriations bill: On Wednesday, the language mandating six-day mail delivery—intentionally left out of the draft version of the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government’s Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill—was successfully reinserted into the measure that was approved on Wednesday by a voice vote of the full House Appropriations committee. Click here to read more.
6-day language already in Senate appropriations bill: On Tuesday, the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved its version of an FY2015 appropriations bill that also includes the language mandating that the Postal Service deliver the mail six days a week. That measure is expected to pass the full Senate Appropriations Committee. Click here to read more.
Bipartisan support for 6-day mail grows: The bipartisan majority of House members who support H. Res. 30 grew to 224 on Tuesday when Rep. David Price (R-NC) signed on as a co-sponsor. H. Res. 30 is a resolution “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.” Click here to read more.
Wrong by half: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its second look at the Postal Service’s projected savings from a reduction in mail service from six days to five and declared that USPS would save only about $10.9 billion over 10 years—about half of what the Postal Service projected would be saved by its modified plan. Click here to read more.
NALC Chief of Staff