by Kori Blalock Keller
NALC Director of Legislative and Political Affairs
On Wednesday, the full House of Representatives voted to preserve six-day mail delivery appropriations language by passing H.R. 5016, the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill.
As you know, the base bill was introduced last month without the six-day provision, which has been part of appropriations bills for decades. But following extensive lobbying efforts nationwide, that language was successfully reinserted into the bill that was approved on June 25 by the House Appropriations Committee, thanks to an amendment co-sponsored by Reps. José Serrano (D-NY) and Tom Latham (R-IA).
(It’s worth noting that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) last-ditch attempt to remove the language during the House rules process also was defeated.)
Wednesday’s victory is a major one for the NALC and our activists who have pressured lawmakers—and continue to pressure them—to support six-day mail delivery.
With 15 days to go until Congress’ August recess, the window of opportunity for more legislative attacks is closing fast—at least during August. Nevertheless, we stand ready for anything that comes our way.