June 11, 2018
As of June 5, all NALC priority resolutions now have a bipartisan majority of Congress supporting them. With that milestone met, it is highly unlikely that some in Congress might try to use the legislative process to cut them.
Over the course of the 115th Congress, thousands of letter carriers have contacted their House representatives, educating them on the importance of Saturday delivery as well as service standards and door delivery. Capitol Hill saw hundreds of letter carriers visit their representatives in their offices over this Congress, and it clearly has made the difference. Our resolutions have seen broad bipartisan backing in recent years, and that is no small feat. We need to carry this momentum through the midterms though, remember what resonated with lawmakers, and be ready to educate any new freshman in the 116th as well as any incumbents who failed to sign on in this Congress. Until then, well done!
NALC’s Priority Resolutions
H.Res.15 – Co-sponsors: 253 (182 Democrats – 71 Republicans)
Introduced by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), it expresses the sense that House members should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of the Postal Service’s six-day mail delivery service. In fact, next week the House Appropriations Committee plans to mark up the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations measure, specifically upholding six-day mail delivery for the fourth year running.
H.Res. 28, – Co-sponsors: 244 (185 Democrats – 59 Republicans)
Introduced by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), it expresses the sense that House members should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of the Postal Service’s door delivery for all business and residential customers. While postal reform may still be a way off from advancing through Congress, efforts have improved significantly and better legislation is coming forward. One bill, H.R. 756, actively phases out door delivery for new customers, but S. 2629 rejects such unnecessary changes to door delivery service for business and residential customers.
H.Res. 31 – Co-sponsors: 226 (176 Democrats – 50 Republicans)
Introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), it expresses the sense that House members should take all appropriate measures to restore the Postal Service’s service standards that were in effect as of July 1, 2012. In addition to rejecting changes to door delivery, S. 2629 called for a two-year moratorium on changes to service standards in order to stem further misguided service cuts. While not the standards of July, 2012, it would at least impede further unnecessary cuts.
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