Update: Facing Opposition to Harmful Postal Bill, Committee Cancels Another Mark-up
For the second time in as many weeks, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs cancelled their plans to advance the fundamentally flawed postal bill, S. 1486.
In the face of serious concerns about the bill raised by several Democrats on the committee, as well as by postal unions and postal customers, Committee Chair Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-OK) first cancelled a mark-up of the bill scheduled November 6th. Now, the committee leaders have again scrapped their latest attempt to mark-up the bill, which had been scheduled for Nov. 20th.
A committee markup is the key formal step a committee ultimately takes before a bill advances to the floor. Markup is a committee meeting where the original bill is “marked up” by amendments (changes to the original text). Committee members debate and vote on the amendments before any changes are made. Mark-Ups usually end with a vote to report the bill out of committee to the full House or Senate floor for further consideration. Not proceeding with markup is a good sign that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs believes there is yet work to be done and currently not enough support to pass the bill out of committee.
Voicing their opposition to some of S. 1486’s biggest flaws, Democrats like Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) say the bill would slow down delivery standards and eat into USPS’s remaining competitive advantages. “There’s probably a dozen things that need to be fixed with that bill,” Tester, a member of the Homeland Security panel, told The Hill.
To read more about the cancelled Nov. 6th mark-up of this harmful postal bill, please click here.
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Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs has postponed ….again the markup of Postal Reform bill S. 1486 . The markup was scheduled for 10:am on November 20,2013.
2013-11-20 BUSINESS MEETING AGENDA-REVISION.