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Priority Congressional Bills and Resolutions

 

NALC Priority Congressional Bills and Resolutions

The USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) is NALC’s highest legislative priority in the current Congress. The bill would repeal the mandate that USPS pre-fund decades’ worth of health benefits for its future retirees that was enacted by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006.

Introduced April 28 by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Tom Reed (R-NY), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), H.R. 2382 would eliminate a mandate that has cost an average of $5.4 billion annually since 2007 and accounts for 92 percent of USPS reported losses over the last 12 years and 100 percent over the last six years. Absent, this burden, which applies to no other federal agency or private company, USPS would have recorded a surplus of nearly $4 billion since 2013.

If enacted, the USPS Fairness Act would significantly improve the financial situation at the Postal Service, allowing the agency to focus on much-needed improvements to its networks and infrastructure, such as fleet replacement, and develop or improve products and services.

NALC urges all letter carriers to contact their U.S. House of Representatives member to urge him or her to co-sponsor the bill.

Additionally, NALC supports five resolutions introduced in Congress. While non-binding, these resolutions send a strong message about the breadth of support for USPS and its mission.

Thanks to the hard work of letter carriers nationwide, four of the resolutions have reached a majority of support in the House of Representatives. NALC urges all letter carriers to contact their representatives and senators to urge them to co-sponsor these resolutions.

 

House Bills

USPS Fairness Act - H.R. 2382 
Status: Introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Co-sponsors: 171 (142 Democrats – 29 Republicans)

To repeal the requirement that the United States Postal Service prepay future retirement benefits.

 

House Resolutions

House Resolution 23 (H. Res. 23) – Door Delivery *Bipartisan Majority*
Status: Introduced by Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY)
Co-sponsors: 232 (188 Democrats – 44 Republicans)

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.

House Resolution 33 (H. Res. 33) – Anti-privatization *Bipartisan Majority*
Status: Introduced by Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Co-sponsors258 (219 Democrats –39 Republicans)

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.

House Resolution 54 (H. Res. 54) – Six-day Delivery *Bipartisan Majority*
Status: Introduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Sam Graves (R-MO)
Co-sponsors: 266 (203 Democrats – 63 Republicans)

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.

House Resolution 60 (H. Res. 60) – Service Standards
Status: Introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Co-sponsors: 183 (161 Democrats – 22 Republicans)

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012.

 

Senate Resolutions

Senate Resolution 99 (S. Res. 99) – Anti-privatization *Bipartisan Majority*
Status: Introduced by Sens. Gary Peters and Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Co-sponsors: 53 (43 Democrats – 8 Republicans – 2 Independents)

Expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization in whole or in part.

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