Letter carriers and other federal employees — past and present–and their adult family members are being urged to call their senators and House representatives today to voice opposition to the White House’s 2018 budget. A flyer from the NALC gives information on why this bill is a financial threat to letter carriers, the USPS, and other federal employees can be found here: NALC flyer.
The flyer reads in part:
Since 2011, postal and federal employees have been ripped off time and again–to the tune of more than $180 billion–in the name of deficit reduction. Without any additional benefit, we’ve seen a three-year pay freeze, reduced pay increases, unpaid furlough days and two increases in retirement contributions for new hires.
You are asked to call 844-904-7029 (Washington, DC) and 855-982-3154 and urge your senators and House representative to oppose this budget.
To see what’s at stake for you and your family, go to NALC flyer.
From NALC’s Government Affairs Office
The White House released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal in May. It called for a variety of budget cuts aimed at federal employees—letter carriers included—cuts that are are now being actively considered by Congress, including:
These budget threats are very real. All letter carriers—as well as family members, friends and neighbors—need to contact representatives in the House and Senate now and through the end of September. Your legislators need to know that their voters object to slashing the incomes of active and retired letter carriers (and all federal employees) and to gutting the services and vital networks of the U.S. Postal Service.
Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and be ready to provide your ZIP code to get connected with your House representative and with both of your senators.
“As a voter from [your district/your state], I urge you to oppose any budget resolution or any spending bill that calls for pay and benefit cuts for letter carriers, postal employees and federal employees or that attacks the vital services provided by the Postal Service.”
Mention how such cuts would affect you personally. Explain the potential harm a “yes” vote would mean for you, your family members, your co-workers and USPS.
Also, ask your adult family members, friends and neighbors to call their House member and both senators, as well.
Read more by going here: nalc.org
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the Better Care Reconciliation Act last week, following seven years of promising the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) and after weeks of negotiations following the House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), a bill that the Senate said it could not and would not pass.
The Senate’s legislation, which is different from what the House passed in May, is expected to be voted on in the Senate in the coming days, before senators depart Washington, DC, for the July 4 recess. Following that vote, the Senate and House bills will need to be reconciled before a single bill heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature. Both measures are projected to increase the number of Americans who are uninsured by about 23 million.
Among the defining characteristics of the legislation are provisions to deregulate insurance companies, which would allow them to charge older and sicker Americans more for health insurance, and to eliminate the individual mandate to buy health insurance and the mandate for larger companies (with 50 or more employees) to provide employer-sponsored health coverage.
From Action NC:
Moments ago, Senate Republicans released the details of their plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act and take health coverage from millions of Americans. It’s just as bad as we thought it would be.
If this feels like déjà vu, you’re not far off.
Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr have been working with Republican leadership to draft a bill that would cut spending on health care to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy. Republicans in Congress plan to hold zero public hearings before they hold a final vote on their repeal bill, which we expect next week!
But we cannot let Senators Tillis and Burr fast-track a bill that could make more than 1 million North Carolinians uninsured. We need you to reach out to Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr now to demand that they drop their secret bill to cut health care to pay for tax breaks.
Just take two minutes of your day, dial 1-866-426-2631, and use the script below to hold Tillis and Burr accountable.
What you can say when someone answers the phone:
Senate Republicans are drafting a secret bill to slash Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act, and they will not share it with the public before they vote. As your constituent, I find this lack of transparency unacceptable. Share your secret bill with your constituents so we can evaluate it.
While we do not know details of your hidden bill, we ask you to do the following:
Instead of repealing the ACA, I want you to work to improve the current system.
Having trouble getting through? Here’s Senator Burr’s office number: 202-224-3154. And this is Senator Tillis’s number: 202-224-6342.
The Executive Board contact information reflecting the 2017 elections will be available on the website soon.
Photos of the election of officers being sworn in provided by Tim Rorie.