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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS LOGOJuly 16, 2014—The full House of Representatives voted Wednesday 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.

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).

Additionally, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) last-ditch attempt to remove the language during the House rules process was defeated earlier this month.

“Today’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,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

Six-day mail clears major hurdle.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Issa, speaks with Rep. Cummings at Capitol Hill in WashingtonJuly 9, 2014 – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, can’t seem to give up his quest to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.

On July 8, upset that the House Appropriations Committee restored protection for six-day delivery to a funding bill, the California Republican tried to employ a parliamentary maneuver to derail the measure.

In a message to House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Issa claimed jurisdiction over all issues related to the Postal Service, and asserted that the six-day delivery provision should be subject to a House Rule that prohibits “legislation” in general appropriations bills. Continue reading ‘Issa Tries to Derail Six-Day Delivery – Again!’ »

naps-logoNational Association of Postal Supervisors Statement on the Postal Service’s Plan to Close
Eighty-Two Processing Facilities

The Postal Service on June 30 announced a major restructuring of its mail processing network with the closure of eighty-two (82) processing facilities throughout the country beginning in January, 2015.

NAPS opposes the Postal Service’s plan because it will slow down the nation’s mail service, further dismantle the distribution network and eliminate middle-class jobs. The plan will largely eliminate local overnight First Class mail delivery currently the national standard for all local deliveries. Veterans also will be hurt, since nearly twenty percent of the Postal Service’s workforce is comprised of veterans. Veterans are not entitled to any preference or future employment rights when postal facilities are outright closed. Continue reading ‘NAPS reiterates opposition to USPS Plant Closures’ »

Last week, the House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee released its Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. This bill has traditionally included language that preserves Saturday delivery. Unfortunately, the bill was introduced without the language. Continue reading ‘NALC: Urge Your House Rep To Support Serrano Amendment to ‘Save Saturday Delivery’’ »

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS LOGOJune 14, 2014—UPDATED June 16Earlier this week, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe recklessly endorsed the House of Representative’ leadership’s outrageous ploy to use massive job and service cuts in the Postal Service to “pay for” a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which will run out of money in August if Congress fails to raise the gas tax that normally funds it or to come up with an alternative source of revenue.

The proposal, the brainchild of the outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), would use the alleged savings of eliminating Saturday mail delivery to offset the cost of a temporary injection of taxpayer funds into the trust fund to keep highway maintenance and construction projects going for a few more months.

Continue reading ‘NALC blasts PMG for endorsing highway budget scam, misleading Congress’ »

Tell-Congress-No-Highway-blog--1024x313What does funding highway projects have to do with the mail? Absolutely nothing. But Republicans in the House are considering a proposal to temporarily pay for highway projects with a drastic cut to the U.S. Postal Service: eliminating six-day mail delivery.

Yes, you read that correctly. With the deadline approaching to find a revenue source for the depleted U.S. Highway Trust Fund, House Republican Leaders want USPS Continue reading ‘House GOP Plan to Fund Highways – strangely – puts USPS in Jeopardy’ »

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS LOGOOnce again, Congress is dropping the ball on postal reform. Rather than working on legislation that fixes the crisis it created with the 2006 mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits, and rather than formulating smart reforms that will allow the Postal Service to innovate and thrive in the 21st century, Congress instead focuses on counterproductive service cuts. This coming week, we face two new threats to Saturday delivery. Both are distractions from what Congress should be doing to fix the Postal Service.

Highway Trust Fund update

While the House was in recess this week, the noise surrounding temporarily financing the Highway Trust Fund through the elimination of six-day mail delivery hit a fever pitch. When the House returns next week, House Republican leaders are angling to bring their proposal up for floor consideration. Continue reading ‘NALC : House Committee working behind scenes on bill to end Saturday Delivery’ »

Rep. Gerald Connolly, left, talks with Ernie Kirkland of NALC at a rally in Annandale, Va.

Rep. Gerald Connolly, left, talks with Ernie Kirkland of NALC at a rally in Annandale, Va.

June 5, 2014 – In a “Dear Colleagues” letter dated June 3, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) urged his fellow members of the House of Representatives to oppose a proposal to use Postal Service funds to help replenish the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) by ending Saturday mail delivery.

The letter, sent to all 435 members of the House, says the USPS cannot cut its services to survive, but must find, “creative ways to further leverage its national delivery network to support American Business and continue binding our Nation together.”

“Simply put, eliminating Saturday mail delivery would be bad for business, harm consumers, and not surprisingly, lacks the necessary majority to pass the House under regular order.”

Rep. Connolly points out there is broad support for preserving six-day mail delivery, both in Congress and in the private and public sectors. He notes that organizations as diverse as the AFL-CIO and the right-wing Heritage Action for America strongly oppose raiding the Postal Service as part of a budget gimmick to fund the Highway Trust Fund.

“These organizations recognize that USPS is not a Piggy Bank,” and that off-budget USPS funds simply cannot be used to fund on-budget projects, he wrote.

- See more at: APWU 

Connolly2013In a letter to House of Representative Colleagues, Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11) stressed: The United States Postal Service is Not a Piggy Bank! Oppose Reckless Efforts to Hold the Highway Trust Fund Hostage in Exchange for Eliminating Saturday Mail Delivery.

When addressing a proposal to leverage Highway Trust Fund funding against the elimination of Saturday mail delivery, Representative Connolly writes in part…

This non-germane, anti-Postal provision would undermine a trillion dollar American mailing industry that supports more than 8 million private sector jobs and represents 7 percent of our Nation’s Gross Domestic Product. The loss of jobs resulting from eliminating Saturday mail delivery would not be limited to the private sector, as approximately 80,000 full-time and part-time middle-class postal workers, including rural letter carriers, would find themselves out of work. Such a drastic loss of jobs would not only harm our economy, but also offset any deficit reduction, since the tens of thousands of newly unemployed middle-class families would suddenly find themselves in desperate need of financial assistance. Continue reading ‘Rep. Connelly to House members: USPS is not a piggy bank!’ »

senator jon testerTester slamming revolving door shut

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester is introducing the Close the Revolving Door Act to permanently ban retired lawmakers from lobbying Congress.

Tester, a transparency and accountability leader, says the bill will go a long way to restore public trust in government.

“Too many Montanans think back room deals in Washington, D.C. run this country,” Tester said. “Slamming shut the revolving door between lawmakers and lobbyists will let folks know that Congress puts constituents first and will make government more accountable to the American people.” Continue reading ‘Senator Introduces Bill to Ban Retired Lawmakers from Lobbying Congress’ »