Postal Banking Bill Introduced In the Senate and Other Legislative News

Senate Buildingby Kori Blalock Keller

Here’s what’s happening in Washington as we head into the August recess:

Senate considers Postal Board of Governors nominations: On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) addressed several issues in its final business meeting before Congress’ August recess, including the pending nominations of four Postal Board of Governors members. The nominees are James Miller III, Stephen Crawford, Michael Bennett and Victoria Kennedy. Click here to read more.

Postal banking bill introduced in House: On July 15, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) introduced the Providing Opportunities for Savings, Transactions and Lending Act (POSTAL) Act, H.R. 5179, to allow USPS to offer basic financial services, including checking accounts, interest-bearing savings accounts and money transfers, and to allow the Postal Service to partner with private banks to offer these services. In addition, the legislation would create a “Postal Card” that would serve as a debit card for postal banking customers. Click here to read more.

‘Wounded warriors’ bill introduced in House: On Tuesday, House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce and U.S. Postal Service Chairman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Ranking Member Stephen Lynch (D-MA), along with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), introduced the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, H.R. 5229. Click here to read more.

One hurdle remains for Sombrotto Post Office naming: Today, the Senate approved H.R. 2291, the bill to rename Manhattan’s Grand Central Station Post Office after former NALC President Vincent R. Sombrotto. Click here to read more.

Recess is the best! Today, the House and Senate will head home until after Labor Day, returning on Sept. 8. At this writing, the House was still in session to deal with some unfinished business, but it was expected to recess before the weekend. Click here to read more.

In solidarity,

Kori Blalock Keller
NALC Director of Legislative and Political Affairs

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