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June 17, 2017

Gowdy takes over as Oversight Committee chairman

On June 13, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) took over as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, replacing Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who announced he would leave Congress on June 30.

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Budget process underway in Congress

With the Trump administration’s first full budget request for Fiscal Year 2018 out, Congress now turns to its onerous task of pulling together its own budget principles and will decide whether it includes some, all or none
of the White House's priorities.

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Tell Congress to reject the White House’s FY2018 budget proposals

It’s time to hit the phones. Budget talks for Fiscal Year 2018 have begun, with the White House calling for inexcusable hits to federal employees’ retirement benefits and to cuts to the Postal Service.

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Congress passes VA Accountability Bill and Whistleblower Protection Act

On June 13, the House of Representatives passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, a bill that weakens longstanding civil service protections for VA employees.

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Senate committee holds hearing on STOP Act

A Senate committee held a hearing on a bill to require merchandise mailed to the U.S. to be subject to Customs review and to require advanced electronic tracking of all packages and large envelopes mailed to the United
States.

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Senate committee approves nomination of Vought for OMB leader

The Senate Budget Committee voted on June 14 to advance Russell Vought’s nomination to the position of deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget.

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NALC members from Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill

More than 100 letter carrier activists from Pennsylvania traveled to Washington, DC, June 6 and 7 to educate their members of Congress on issues of importance to letter carriers, including NALC’s priority resolutions.

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Resolutions update

With 221 co-sponsors on H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery) and 237 on H.Res. 28 (door delivery), both measures would almost certainly pass the House if put to a vote. Thank you for your hard work on these resolutions—
but we can’t stop now. Congress still needs education from letter carriers on these resolutions, as well as on H.Res. 31 (service standards), which needs more co-sponsors. All of these resolutions have seen broad
bipartisan support in previous Congresses, and our progress toward exceeding a majority of voting co-sponsors for each is on track. There’s more work to do—keep it up.

H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery): —221 co-sponsors

Click here to find out whether your rep is a co-sponsor.

H.Res. 28 (door delivery):—237 co-sponsors

Click here to find out whether your rep is a co-sponsor.

H.Res. 31 (service standards):—187 co-sponsors

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May 26, 2017

Trump administration releases FY2018 budget plan

The Trump administration’s budget plan for Fiscal Year 2018 proposes cuts for the Postal Service and for active and retired federal employees.

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Vote-by-mail measures introduced in House, Senate

The Vote By Mail Act aims to amend the Help America Vote Act to require states to mail ballots to all eligible voters at least two weeks in advance of a federal election.

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Utah governor signs bipartisan-supported USPS bill

On March 21, Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed into law S.B. 65, a postal facilities and government services bill that authorizes state agencies to provide select services through rural post offices.

Click here to read more.

NALC members from New York on the Hill

More than 100 letter carrier activists from New York traveled to Washington, DC, to educate their members of Congress on issues of importance to the New York State Association of Letter Carriers.

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House bill aims to restrict official time at the VA

The House Veterans Affairs Committee approved a bill that contains a number of anti-union provisions.

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House passes official time reporting bill

The Housed has passed a bill that would require that the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual report to Congress outlining the use of official time by federal employees.

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Congressional schedule

Members of the House and Senate will be in their home districts and states for a Memorial Day recess—the House May 26 through June 5 and the Senate May 29 through June 2. Now is the time to schedule an in-district
meeting to keep your representatives in the loop on what is important to you as a letter carrier. Are they having town hall meetings?
Click here to find out. Did they have questions for you during your last in-district
meeting? Has your House representative signed on as a co-sponsor of all of our resolutions? This is a great time to follow up.



May 6, 2017

House passes the American Healthcare Act

On May 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Healthcare Act, H.R. 1628, almost exclusively along party lines.

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House and Senate clear funding for FY 2017

This week, the House and Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (H.R. 244), which funds government operations through Sept. 30.

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Acosta confirmed as Secretary of Labor

On April 27, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Alexander Acosta as the new Secretary of Labor.

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Thrift Savings Plan bill introduced in House

On April 6, the Thrift Savings Plan Modernization Act of 2017 (S. 873) was introduced.

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Overtime rules bill passes House

In a vote largely along party lines, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180).

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Congressional schedule

The House of Representatives will be out of session until May 16, while the Senate will remain in session. Now is the time to schedule an in-district meeting to keep your House member in the loop on what is important to
you as a letter carrier. Is your representative having a town hall?
Click here to find out. Has your representative signed on as a co-sponsor of all of our resolutions? Did he or she have questions for you during your last
in-district? This is a great time to follow up.

Resolutions update

With 224 co-sponsors, H.Res. 28—calling for continuation of door delivery—would almost certainly pass the House if put to a vote. Thank you for your hard work on this resolution—but we can’t stop now! Congress
needs education from letter carriers on two other resolutions. H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery) and H.Res. 31 (service standards) need more co-sponsors. These resolutions have seen broad bipartisan support in
previous Congresses, and our progress toward exceeding 218 co-sponsors for each is on track. There’s more great work to do—keep it up!

H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery):
—194 co-sponsors

Click here to find out if your rep is a co-sponsor.

H.Res. 28 (door delivery):
—224 co-sponsors

Click here to find out if your rep is a co-sponsor.

H.Res. 31 (service standards):
—166 co-sponsors

Click here to find out if your rep is a co-sponsor.

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March 18, 2017

House committee advances two postal reform bills

On March 16, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) and the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 760).

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White House releases FY2018 budget request outline

The White House has released its Fiscal Year 2018 “Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.”

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House to consider repeal, replacement of ACA

The House of Representatives has introduced the American Health Care Reform Act of 2017.

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Social Security Fairness Act reintroduced in House

The Social Security Fairness Act of 2015 would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) titles of the Social Security Act.

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‘Official time’ bills introduced in House, cleared in committee

Two pieces of legislation regarding the use of official time were introduced and passed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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February 11, 2017

Rolando testifies about postal legislation before House committee

On Feb. 7, NALC President Fredric Rolando testified before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756).

Click here to read more.

Click here to watch his opening statement.

Click here to read his submitted written testimony.


Bipartisan postal reform bills introduced

Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) have introduced postal bills similar to ones introduced in the 114th Congress.

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Postal reform update: A changed political landscape requires a new strategy

Postal reform has strong bipartisan support and our goals have not changed. Our strategy, of course, will have to change to reflect the new political landscape in Washington, DC.

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January 28, 2017

Pres. Rolando’s statement to NALC members on Trump’s federal hiring freeze

NALC President Fredric Rolando has issued a statement to NALC members about President Donald Trump’s executive to freeze federal hiring.

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100+ lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider hiring freeze

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers have signed a letter to President Trump, requesting that he reconsider his plan to implement a hiring freeze across the federal government.

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Action needed: Tell your representative to oppose the PAGE Act

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) is preparing to introduce the PAGE Act, which would take away newly hired federal employees’ union representation and let political appointees overseeing federal agencies terminate, demote
and discipline workers for any reason.

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Anti-fed bill introduced; mark-up scheduled

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has introduced the Tax Accountability Act of 2017, which would prevent individuals with federal tax liability ineligible for federal employment. Chaffetz’ committee has scheduled the measure
for mark-up on Jan. 31.

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Anti-labor proposals advance in four states

In recent weeks, several states have already experienced significant efforts to undermine the labor movement.

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State action on anti-labor state proposals

Numerous measures have been introduced and advanced in several state legislatures that attempt to attack or undermine workers’ rights, voting rights and more.

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January 9, 2017

115th Congress convenes

On Jan. 3, the House of Representatives and the Senate both convened for the first session of the 115th Congress, and the 535 lawmakers from both chambers were sworn-in.

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Your guide to activism in the 115th Congress

We’re bracing for a lot of activity on Capitol Hill in the 115th Congress, which means it’s important for us to begin the new year with strong relationships on both sides of the aisle.

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Five immediate threats to federal employees in 2017

With Congress and the White House in Republican control, the GOP is preparing to pursue an aggressive agenda against federal employees during the 115th Congress.

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State legislatures prepare to begin sessions

With the new year underway, state legislatures and general assemblies across the country are preparing to kick off their legislative sessions, or already have done so.

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December 13, 2016

114th Congress ‘unofficially’ adjourns

The House and Senate have concluded the 114th Congress’ business, but both chambers remain in “pro-forma” session until the swearing in of the new Congress on Jan. 3. In the Senate, this is done to prevent any
lame-duck appointments, such as President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

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Postal reform in the 115th Congress

Although the 114th Congress did not take up postal reform before the end of the year, the NALC Legislative and Political Affairs Department is preparing to hit the ground running when lawmakers return to Washington,
DC, on Jan. 3 to begin the 115th Congress.

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Congress passes short-term funding thru April

Late on Dec. 9, Congress approved a short-term continuing resolution (CR), H.R. 2028, to fund the government through April 28. The measure extends current 2016 funding levels and includes an across-the-board 0.5
percent spending reduction to stay within limits for discretionary spending.

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Legislative and political department updates

Brian Renfroe recently was appointed by NALC President Fredric Rolando to serve as NALC’s executive vice president as a replacement for Tim O’Malley, who retired earlier this year. Under the NALC Constitution, the
executive vice president’s responsibilities include overseeing NALC’s Department of Legislative and Political Affairs. Also, Corey Miller joins the department as legislative and political assistant.

Click here to read more.

Secure mail initiative

On Dec. 3, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the “Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act” to allow individuals to require USPS to receive a signature on certain packages sent
by USCIS.

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November 18, 2016

Congress returns for ‘lame duck’ session

On Nov. 14, Congress returned to Capitol Hill for the remaining “lame duck” session. Here’s an overview of members’ agenda.

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PRC nominees advance in Senate

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved the re-appointment of the Robert Taub and Mark Acton as commissioners of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

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Make-up of the 115th Congress

As the 114th Congress comes to a close following an intense election cycle, we can now glean what the next Congress will look like.

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Leadership of 115th Congress begins to take shape

This week, Senate and House members began naming their leaders, setting the stage for the 115th Congress. While there will be more shuffling up until the 115th convenes on Jan. 3, here is an outline of committee
assignments and leaders.

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Senators up for re-election in 2018

Every two years, one-third of the U.S. Senate is up for re-election. Here is a list of those who will be running in the 2018 elections.

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October 1, 2016

Legislative Update From National

Door delivery resolution gains House majority—don’t let up

This week, House Resolution 28, a bill supporting the preservation of door delivery service, reached a
milestone: a bipartisan majority of representatives are co-sponsors. But letter carriers’ work is far from
over.

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Rolando urges letter carriers: Verify voter registration, vote early

With this important election coming up soon and with early voting beginning in many places, NALC
President Fredric Rolando urges letter carriers to make sure they’re registered to vote and to turn out to
vote as soon as possible.

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Prepare for Election Day

Important elections are quickly approaching, and several states have updated their voting laws since the
last election. Make sure your prepared.

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Congress departs DC until after elections

Congress adjourned after avoiding a government shutdown and passing a short-term spending bill. Both
chambers will remain in recess for six weeks and return after Election Day.

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September 17, 2016

It’s time to beat the drum for door delivery

We need you to make sure your representative stands with us in support of door-to-door delivery as something that is too valuable to consider slashing.

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Congress returns from summer recess with big agenda

Congress is back on Capitol Hill and has a long “to do” list before their next recess begins on Oct. 3. Here is an overview of what we can expect to be put before the House and Senate over the next month.

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Lawmakers working to craft short-term spending bill

House and Senate leaders are hammering out details on a short-term continuing resolution that would extend current funding levels to prevent a government shutdown from happening after Sept. 30.

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Oversight Committee approves several fed bills

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has marked up and approved several bills of interest to federal employees.

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NALC joins UMWA to protect mineworkers’ retirement benefits

On Sept. 8, dozens of NALC members from several states joined thousands of other union members in Washington in solidarity with the United Mine Workers Association, calling on Congress to pass crucial pension
and health legislation.

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July 9, 2016

NALC comments on House committee’s draft postal bill

On June 15, following release of a discussion draft of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asked postal stakeholders—NALC among them—to submit
comments to gauge support for the measure.

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House passes spending bill maintaining six-day provision

The House has voted 239-185 to approve a $21.7 billion Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government spending package. In another major victory for the NALC, the measure preserved longstanding
language continuing six-day mail delivery.

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Veterans related news:

House spending bill would increase spending for veterans programs.
More…

Senate votes to limit veterans’ preference in federal hiring. More…

Congress invests in suicide prevention for female veterans. More…





June 18, 2016

Legislative Update From National

House committee releases postal reform ‘discussion draft’

The leaders of the House committee with USPS oversight have released a discussion draft of a potential postal reform bill. NALC’s initial review has revealed a number of shortcomings and omissions—and at least one
provision we simply cannot support.

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House committee approves appropriations bill preserving six-day language

The House Committee on Appropriations has approved the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government’s fiscal year 2017 bill, which—among other things—preserves long-standing six day mail
delivery language.

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Senate committee preserves six-day language in unanimous FY2017 FSGG appropriations bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations has voted to approve Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations measure, which includes the long-standing six day mail delivery
language.

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FY 2017 appropriations: Where are we now?

Every year, NALC lobbies Congress to ensure resolutions that support our issues are included as spending packages move forward. This year’s appropriations process, however, is significantly more different than ever
before.

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May 27, 2016

Legislative Update From National

House appropriations subcommittee advances bill with six-day mail provision

The House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government has passed an appropriations measure for FY 2017 preserving six-day mail delivery for the millions of businesses
and households that depend on it.

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Legislators return to home districts for Memorial Day work period

Members of Congress are back in their home districts throughout next week for the Memorial Day district work period. They will return to Washington, DC, on Monday, June 6.

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114th Congress: members in transition

All 435 House members and one-third of senators are up for re-election this year. Is your member one of the few who have other plans than re-election this fall?

Click here to read more.

House passes bill to consolidate excess real estate, including postal properties

The House has passed the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer (FAST) Act, which calls for selling and consolidating nearly 254,000 federal properties—including postal properties—deemed to be underutilized.

Click here to read more.



May 13, 2016

Legislative Update From National

Rolando testifies before House committee hearing on postal reform

On May 11, NALC President Fredric Rolando testified before a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing titled, “Reforming the Postal Service: Finding a Viable Solution.”

Click here to read more.

Wyden launches vote-by-mail campaign nationwide

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has launched a new campaign to expand the Oregon-style vote-by-mail program nationwide, as a way of tearing down barriers to voting.

Click here to read more.

IL senators introduce bill to name post office after former Illinois state chair

Illinois’s senators have introduced a bill to name a post office after the late Ken Christy, the Illinois State Association president who died unexpectedly in March.

Click here to read more.

House passes anti-fed administrative leave bills

Two bills that, if passed, would be harmful to federal employees recently were approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on a voice vote.

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April 22, 2016

Legislative Update From National

DC, MD, NY & VA activists visit Washington to lobby Congress

Nearly 160 letter carrier activists from the New York, Maryland/DC, and Virginia state associations recently visited Washington, DC, to lobby their members of Congress.

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NJ activists come to DC for annual lobbying visit

Nearly 150 letter carriers from the New Jersey state association made their annual trip to the nation’s capital this week to meet with their state’s congressional delegation.

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Senate committee holds hearing on BOG nominee

A Senate committee has held a hearing on the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors.

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Congress urges IRS to continue mailing tax instructions upon request

The House has passed a resolution urging the IRS to provide printed copies of tax resources to taxpayers who request them, free of charge.

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April 8, 2016

Legislative Update From National

What’s happening next week?

As the House and Senate prepare to return to Washington next week after their March recess, members will
return to a busy legislative agenda amidst appropriations season.

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House committee holds hearing on WEP, GPO repeal

The House Ways and Means Committee’s Social Security subcommittee held a hearing on the Windfall
Elimination Provision and on H.R. 711, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act.

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FAIR Act would increase wages for federal employees

Since Fiscal Year 2011, the federal-postal community has lost more than $150 billion in the form of cuts to
pay, benefits and salaries. New bills introduced in the House and Senate aim to rectify that.

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Florida state activists travel to Washington to lobby Congress























Letter carrier activists from the Florida State Association recently spent a day on Capitol Hill visiting their
members of Congress.

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March 18, 2016

Legislative Update From National

Capitol Hill

House Republicans introduce two budget blueprints
Appropriations season and NALC-supported resolutions
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee considers 3 measures
Exigency expiration: what does it mean?

News from the states

More state legislatures advance vote-by-mail initiatives

White House

Obama administration announces proposal to lower Medicare Part B drug costs
Another Postal Board of Governors nomination announced




March 4, 2016

The future of working families

The AFL-CIO’s executive council met recently and approved four statements designed to set a blueprint for how organized labor should move forward when working with legislators on crafting public policy.

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Bipartisan House bill to halt facility closures/consolidations introduced

The Stop Postal Closures Act would halt any closure and consolidation of postal facilities until the PRC certifies that USPS has met certain national service standards.

Click here to read more.

House OGR Committee takes up anti-fed bills  On March 1, the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee advanced by unanimous consent several of what it calls “good government” bills.

Click here to read more.

Florida legislature approves vote-by-mail

Florida’s State House and Senate have approved legislation providing Sunshine State voters the ability to cast ballots however they choose to do so.

Click here to read more.

Cities’ Readiness Initiative study gains traction in Utah

A bill calls for a study of how the U.S. Postal Service could play a part in emergency assistance during a declared disaster in The Beehive State.

Click here to read more.



February 24, 2016

Update from Regional 12 RAP Session


A lot of changes are coming and some are already in place.  First off I want to congratulate my good friend Ed Morgan from Branch 157, our sister / brother branch from Philly, on his appointment to the Legislative staff in
DC.  He is part of those changes.  We are putting Letter Carriers in places that formerly were held by creative kids straight out of College .  It has been my personal experience that members of Congress who really want
to know the facts want to talk to people that actually touch the mail.  Some who haven't listened to us in the past may now when they know the people they are talking to have first hand knowledge of what the real
problems are.  They may be more receptive to our ideas and what we feel is needed to correct them.   Who better to ask then those facing those issues everyday right?  What is important for me right now is the need to
get all of the members that are not registered to vote to do so.  When we talk to our members of Congress we need that to push our points on a positive Postal Reform Bill.  We have friends that agree with a lot of what we
propose to do so from both sides of the isle.  Even some Independents.  And I know that in some cases it looks like the NALC endorses  someone from the same party all the time.  That is not true.  They endorse anyone
they feel will help us protect our jobs once elected.   Whatever your decision to do once you pull that lever or check off that box is your business.  But voting is not just a right or a privilege, it is something you owe all the
men and women who fought hard or served this country in the military for your  ability to do so.  A lot of people were not allowed to vote for a lot of reasons.  Now that they paved the way for you to do it you need to
follow through on it.  We will tell you who is best for your job protection.  You all have to balance what your priorities are and vote accordingly.  But, to just sit on the sidelines and not vote is a mistake.  And I have found
that the people that complain the most don't bother to vote themselves.   Don't complain about what is wrong with who is in office and what they are doing to the Postal Service and your life style.  Get yourself and all
your family out on Election day.  If you or they are not registered get registered today.  If you don't get what you expect then you have the right to complain on what is going on.   And when you call to voice your
complaint with that elected official the first thing that aide who answers the phone will do once getting your name is check to see if you are registered to vote.  If you are not then your complaint will really fall on deaf ears.  
Anyone needing help getting registered to vote needs only to contact me or the Union office to get the help they need to do so.



February 12, 2016

White House releases FY2017 budget request

We take a first look at President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, especially as it relates to USPS, workers’ comp, federal employees and cybersecurity — with a look at the next steps to expect.

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House lawmaker introduces anti-union ‘dues deduction’ bill

On Feb. 4, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) unleashed a major attack on all federal employees and their fundamental labor rights with H.R. 4461, the so-called “Federal Employees Rights Act.”

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Rep. Richmond’s POSTAL Act

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) has reintroduced a bill that calls for allowing the U.S. Postal Service to offer basic financial services.

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Mail-theft bill introduced in House

Two House members have introduced a bill to increase the maximum criminal penalty for anyone convicted of mail theft from five years to 10 years.

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Have you checked out President Rolando’s recent Senate committee testimony?

On Jan. 21, NALC President Fredric Rolando testified before a Senate committee hearing on the U.S. Postal Service.

Click here to read more.



January 16, 2016

2016 state legislative battles preview

As we continue to ring in the new year, the members of state legislatures and general assemblies are heading back
to their state capitals to kick off their legislative sessions.

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COLA-related measures introduced in House and Senate

Three pieces of legislation have been introduced to provide relief to Social Security and other beneficiaries who are
not scheduled to get a 2016 cost-of-living adjustment.

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When was the last time you talked with your member of Congress?

With the 2016 legislative calendar set, lawmakers across the country are scheduling opportunities to hear from their constituents when they are at home. These town halls present NALC members with the opportunity to
update their particular representatives —and the public—on the value that letter carriers and the U.S. Postal Service bring to communities.

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OGR committee marks up anti-fed measures

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) met this Tuesday to markup several pieces of legislation that attack federal employees.

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Rolando to testify in Senate

On Thursday, Jan. 21, NALC President Fredric Rolando is scheduled to testify before the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee during a hearing titled, “Laying Out the Reality of the Postal
Service.” The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET.


December 18, 2015

Government funded through FY2016; Congress adjourns for the holidays

Following weeks of negotiations—including a couple of short-term spending measures—both the House and Senate have finally passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending measure, H.R. 2029, that funds the government
through Sept. 30, 2016. It now awaits the President Obama’s signature.

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2016 congressional calendar: 114th/second session

Looking ahead to 2016, members of Congress are expected to spend a fair amount of time in their home states. When members of Congress are in-district, it’s an ideal opportunity to plan meetings with them and their
staff members, or to seek out opportunities to engage them locally.

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A board of ‘governor’

The terms of two USPS Board of Governors members officially expired on Dec. 8, leaving a board that is supposed to have nine Senate-confirmed members with just one.

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Survey says USPS ‘most favorable’ federal agency

A national poll conducted by the Pew Research Center has again shown that the U.S. Postal Service is the most favored among all federal agencies.

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Year-end wrap-up on postal reform efforts

With all of the year’s activities on so many non-postal priorities, NALC activists might be wondering where things stand with regard to postal reform on Capitol Hill. NALC continues to engage key leaders in both the
House and Senate behind the scenes, while also working directly with other postal stakeholders and the Postal Service itself to build consensus on a package of reforms that will continue to stabilize USPS.

Read about our issues and fact sheets—our postal reform wish list— here.


December 4, 2015

Congress passes 5-year highway bill

This week, Congress did something unheard of these days: It passed a major law, successfully negotiating and paying for a five-year, $305-billion surface transportation reauthorization bill. Of particular note for letter
carriers, the measure does not use the pay and benefits of federal/postal employees nor postal service cuts to pay for highway spending.

Click here to read more.

Senate votes to gut Obamacare...again

On Thursday, the Senate passed a budget reconciliation bill aimed at repealing significant portions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The reconciliation process has become a tool used to be used to circumvent the
Senate threshold needed to break a filibuster. Now Republicans in Congress are trying to use the same process to take health insurance coverage from some 16 million Americans.

Click here to read more.

Government funding deadline approaches under new house leadership

One month into his new position as Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has only days to address how to fund the government beyond Dec. 11. If the House and Senate fail to reach an agreement, lawmakers will
be required to advance a continuing resolution (CR) or face another shutdown, which last happened in 2011.

Click here to read more.


November 13, 2015

Budget deal temporarily addresses budget caps, debt ceiling and Medicare premiums

On Nov. 2, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314, PL 113-67), a deal that was negotiated with the White House by former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) before he stepped
down at the end of October. As a result of those negotiations, discretionary spending caps were raised, along with the nation’s debt limit, through March 15, 2017. The agreement partially relaxes harsh sequestration
spending cuts, required under the 2011 Budget Control Act, prevents a sharp increase in Medicare Part B premiums for certain beneficiaries in 2016, and it keeps the Social Security disability insurance trust fund solvent
until 2022. The budget cap increases are offset by a variety of spending cuts and revenue increases, none of which hit the pocketbooks of federal-postal employees.

November 13, 2015Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015

President Obama has signed into law the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015. This law provides to federal employees who are also disabled military veterans 104 hours of designated “wounded warrior leave”
during their first year in the federal workforce. This leave is designated to allow veterans to seek medical treatment for their service-related disabilities and is counted as separate from traditional sick and annual leave.

Click here to read more.

House lawmakers introduce resolution regarding rural post offices

Last week, Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) introduced H. Res. 501, expressing the sense of the House that Postal Service’s network is an asset of significant value and that USPS should take appropriate measures to maintain,
modernize and fully utilize the existing post office network for economic growth.

Click here to read more.


October 23, 2015

Medicare premium increase: Call your reps!

As NALC members may have heard, the Social Security Administration recently announced that there would be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2016. As a result, Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles are
set to spike beginning this January. Fortunately, legislation to fix the issue has been introduced in both the House and Senate.
Click here to read about the bills. All NALC members should ask their House and Senate
members to co-sponsor these bills to correct this injustice to federal and postal retirees. Please call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to get started.

Budget deficit reduction bill

This week, House lawmakers passed a package that would repeal parts of the 2010 Affordable Care Act law dealing with the individual and employee mandates, the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, the upcoming tax
on high-cost employer plans and the soon-to-be implemented mandate of automatically enrolling new full-time employees in health care coverage. The bill also would block funding for Planned Parenthood for one year
while providing funds to community health centers for women’s health care. The bill seeks to reduce the deficit by $85.9 billion over 10 years. The White House issued a statement of administration policy pledging to veto
the package.
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House applies Band-Aid to debt ceiling

House lawmakers passed the Default Prevention Act (S. 692), which claims to prevent a default on the nation’s debt but actually instructs the U.S. Treasury to give priority to paying the principal and interest owed on our
national debt over other financial obligations—such as Social Security and Medicare benefits. The action was prompted by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s announcement that the Treasury is moving up the debt-ceiling
deadline to Nov. 3. The White House promised to veto S. 692 and called on Congress to enact a clean bill to raise the debt limit.
Click here to read more.

Defense bill vetoed

Following passage of it earlier this month by both congressional chambers, the President Obama vetoed the annual defense policy bill that authorizes Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations and sets policies with regard to the
military activities of the Department of Defense, military construction, and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. Obama vetoed the measure due to its allocation of $38 billion extra for overseas
contingency operations funds, which would be used to supplement the Pentagon’s operations. Democrats have vowed to oppose measures that do not lift non-defense spending caps.
Click here to read more.

October 7, 2015

Congress temporarily avoids shutdown; rocky road ahead

Congress averted an anticipated shutdown of the federal government, but with so much acrimony on Capitol Hill, it is expected to be an interesting fall.

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Postal reform: Where do we go from here?

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) has introduced S. 2051, the iPost Act. It’s a starting point for a conversation and for potential changes to the bill. One question that NALC members may have is: Where do we go from here?

Click here to read more.


Six-day resolution now supported by bipartisan majority in House

H. Res. 12, which seeks to preserve six-day mail delivery service, now has the majority of the House signed on, demonstrating that both sides of the aisle continue to support invaluable postal services such as six-day
mail delivery.

Click here to read more.


Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, H.R. 313, which provides federal employees who are also disabled military veterans with 104 hours of
designated “wounded warrior leave” during their first year in the federal workforce.

Click here to read more.



September 18, 2015


Carper introduces iPost

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency (iPost) Act of 2015. NALC
President Fredric Rolando has issued a statement on the bill, and your Department of Legislative and Political Affairs has put together an analysis of the bill.

Click here to read more.

‘Defending Postal Delivery for the Future Act’ introduced in the House

Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) have introduced H.R 3464, the Defending Quality Postal Delivery for the Future Act, to prevent the U.S. Postal Service from closing any post office or postal facility that
serves a high-growth ZIP code. The bill aims to help reverse the scheduled closings in areas where there has been a high rate of population growth.

Click here to read more.

Senate introduces bill to repeal excise tax

When Congress passed the 2010 Affordable Care Act in 2010, it scheduled for 2018 a 40-percent tax on health insurance expenditures greater than $10,200 per person and $27,500 per family. Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV)
and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) have introduced the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act to repeal this excise tax.

Click here to read more.

Worker protections act introduced in House, Senate

On Sept. 16, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, a bill that aims to strengthen the protections for workers who band together and
to ensure that corporations that violate workers’ rights face real-life consequences.

Click here to read more.



July 24, 2015

Senate committee preserves 6-day appropriations language

The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced its Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) legislation on July 23. The committee included “provisions in the bill to ensure that mail for
overseas voting and mail for the blind continues to be free; that 6-day delivery and rural delivery of mail shall continue without reduction; and that none of the funds provided be used to consolidate or close small rural
and other small post offices in fiscal year 2016.”

Click here to read more.

Federal employee payfor on Highway Trust Fund rejected

A coalition of postal and federal employees scored a major victory on July 21 when the Senate rejected a proposal that sought to cut the interest rate paid to investors inside the Thrift Savings Plan’s G Fund as a
potential payfor on the Highway Trust Fund.

Click here to read more.

Rural Postal Act introduced in Senate

Senators on July 9 introduced legislation to address the declining quality of mail service in the rural United States. If passed, the proposed Rural Postal Act would restore the overnight delivery standard for local mail, a
standard that has been phased out over the past few years, and it would make permanent the requirement that the U.S. Postal Service deliver mail six days a week. In addition, the bill would place a two-year moratorium
on the closing of mail-processing facilities.

Click here to read more.

House passes Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination Act

The Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination Act of 2015, H.R. 1557, passed the House of Representatives on July 21, unanimously. H.R. 1557 seeks to require that agencies be more transparent while investigating
discrimination complaints.

Click here to read more.

In other OGR news…

The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has passed a series of bipartisan bills designed to increase government accountability and efficiency, including the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act and
the Gold Star Fathers Act.

Click here to read more.




June 20, 2015

6-day part of funding measure

On June 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government’s (FSGG) annual appropriations bill. As the bill relates to the Postal Service
(and following extensive lobbying efforts by NALC activists and other interested parties), the committee preserved the longstanding budget language that mandates USPS to maintain six-day mail delivery. Click here to
read more.
‘Fast Track’ déjà vu

The House of Representatives cleared a stand-alone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill—better known as “Fast Track.” The Senate is expected to vote on it next week. So our battle against Fast Track is far from over.
Click here to read more.
Senate committee advances Board of Governors nominee

On June 10, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) held a hearing on U.S. Postal Service Board of Governor nominee David Shapira. In his testimony, Shapira said the Postal Service
is “a bedrock of this country.” Click here to read more.
House committee examines fair competition in international shipping

On June 16, a House committee held a hearing to examine the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) terminal dues rate-setting structure and process. The UPU’s role is to coordinate international postal policies and
procedures in an effort to guarantee mail service around the world. Click here to read more.

Resolution tracker

H.Res. 12 (six-day):
203 co-sponsors
—Fact Sheet

H.Res. 28 (door delivery):
157 co-sponsors
—Fact Sheet

H.Res. 54 (service standards):
195 co-sponsors
—Fact Sheet
Letters & statements

Letter from the presidents of NALC, APWU and NPMHU to House members, registering concerns over Fast Track

NALC statement urging a “no” vote on Fast Track

NALC statement following Fast Track’s defeat in the House on June 12

NALC statement following Fast Track's passage in the House on June 18

Letter from the presidents of NALC, APWU, NRLCA and NPMHU, asking the Obama administration to withdraw its proposal for FECA reform
Our vision for a rebranded PAC

Last summer, NALC President Fredric Rolando asked delegates to the Philadelphia Convention to submit suggestions for renaming our PAC. Next month, a brand-new PAC name and logo will be unveiled at the 2015 rap
session in Houston. Click here to read more.

June 13, 2015

House rejects trade package—but it ain’t over

On Friday, the House of Representatives voted to reject a trade adjustment assistance (TAA) bill, a move that essentially shuts down legislation that would have granted the president the authority to approve trade
agreements without first giving Congress a chance to review or amend such agreements.

A procedural move in the House earlier this week required representatives to first consider TAA. Only if it had been approved would the House have been able to consider the more contentious Trade Promotion Authority
(TPA) bill—better known as “Fast Track.”

TAA was voted down by vote of 302 to 126, even after President Obama personally visited Capitol Hill to lobby for its support. Afterward, House leaders approved a stand-alone trade promotion bill, but under House
procedures, the combined TAA-TPA trade package had already received Senate approval, so it could not advance to Obama’s desk unless the House approved the entire package.

Republican leaders in the GOP-majority House had also worked with Obama to pass the trade bills. But enough Republican defections, coupled with a general lack of support from Democrats, helped scuttle the
measures.

“We want a better deal for America’s workers,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) added that the trade package had included “no meaningful protections whatever against currency manipulation” by some of the nations with whom America trades—manipulation that, in the
past, “ruined millions of middle class jobs.”
What does today’s vote mean?

“Today’s vote represents a clear victory for all of this country’s workers,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Trade agreements should be negotiated out in the open, where Congress can be scrutinize and amend
them if necessary.

“If this entire package of reforms had passed,” Rolando said, “not only would it have allowed this and future presidents to review and approve trade deals in secret, it could have opened the door for a whole host of new
threats against the U.S. Postal Service.”
The importance of today’s vote

Today’s vote also was important because, if the package had been approved and eventually signed into law, it could have paved the way for approval of a number of potentially dangerous trade agreements:

Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that’s now being negotiated, corporate banks could use the deal to get the governments that sign on to it to ban the ability to offer financial services. This would prevent USPS
from generating new revenue by using its vast postal retail network to offer low-cost banking services for the tens of millions of Americans who are unbanked or under-banked.
During negotiations for an agreement called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) deal, for example, European Union nations have been calling on the U.S. to follow their lead and phase out the
Postal Service’s monopoly on the delivery of letter mail—a direct threat to all postal workers’ jobs and to our system of affordable universal service.
The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) that is now being negotiated with the World Trade Organization contains language that, if approved, could threaten our ability to keep package delivery service as part of USPS’
universal service obligation. Package delivery has been crucial to the Postal Service’s financial recovery in recent years.
Language in TiSA also could ultimately result in calls to privatize our Postal Service, potentially affecting the viability of a service that’s older than the United States itself and that has its roots in the Constitution.

“Thanks in part to the many calls from members of the NALC and our fellow AFL-CIO unions over the last few days,” Rolando said, “these particular threats have been set aside for now.”
But there’s plenty more to do

“While we know that our work on Capitol Hill is far finished,” Rolando said, “we can take pride in knowing that organized labor still has a voice, and a say, in how things work in Washington. We will need to stay just as
vigilant, and just as vocal, as new postal reform measures get introduced in the coming weeks.”
What’s next?

As previously mentioned, House leaders have until Tuesday to bring up TAA to again try to advance the package of bills.

If your House member voted against these bills, thank them for supporting letter carriers.

Most importantly, please thank those who opposed TAA and ask them to maintain their position, if a vote comes up again by Tuesday.
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H.Res. 12 (six-day):

— Fact Sheet

H.Res. 28 (door delivery):

— Fact Sheet

H.Res. 54 (service standards):

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