Government affairs

Legislative activities

To help you understand postal issues and legislation, and where the NALC stands on them, this section contains updates on important legislative issues and bills.

‘Legislative Updates’ e-mails

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U.S. House of Representatives

Events & activities

A list of upcoming town halls conducted by members of Congress. NALC activists are encouraged to attend these events and engage with their representatives on issues of importance to letter carriers and the U.S. Postal Service.

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NALC Lobbying Report Form

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Congressional testimony

  • Feb. 7, 2017: NALC President Fredric Rolando before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
  • May 11, 2016: NALC President Fredric Rolando before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
  • January 21, 2016: NALC President Fredric Rolando before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
  • May 12, 2015: NALC Chief of Staff Jim Sauber before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Roundtable on Challenges and Opportunities
  • May 20, 2015: NALC Director of Retired Members Ron Watson before the House Education & Workforce Subcommittee on Worker Protections

Letters to Congress and the White House

  • Feb. 9, 2017: Letter from NALC opposing Andrew Puzder's nomination as Secretary of Labor
  • Jan. 2, 2017: Federal-Postal Coalition letter to members of the House of Representatives asking for support for striking the Holman Rule amendment from the House rules package for the 115th Congress.
  • Nov. 30, 2016: Federal-Postal Coalition letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to mitigate the recently announced increase in Medicare Part B premiums for those who are not “held harmless” and the consequent increase in the Part B deductible in 2017.
  • Nov. 16, 2016: Federal-Postal Coalition letter to House and Senate leaders urging consideration and passage of an Office of Personnel Management proposal regarding death benefits for federal civilian employees killed in the line of duty.
  • Nov. 14, 2016: NALC letter offering congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump.
  • Sept. 27, 2016: Coalition letter to leaders of Senate Finance Committee, House Ways & Means Committee and House Energy & Commerce Committee, with recommendations regarding projected increases in Medicare Part B premiums and the Part B deductible in 2017.
  • June 29, 2016: NALC letter to leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the discussion draft of the committee’s Postal Reform Act of 2016.
  • June 20, 2016: Federal-Postal Coalition letter to the Senate urging support of S. 2699, Federal Adustment of Income Rates Act.
  • May 25, 2016: Letter to leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee outlining key provisions in a consensus postal reform bill
  • May 11, 2016: Letter to leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in support of consensus postal reform legislation
  • April 6, 2016: Letter to members of the House Ways and Means Committee supporting passage of H.R. 711 as a first step toward repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision
  • Sept. 30, 2015: Joint letter to House and Senate committees regarding legislation to mitigate projected increases to Medicare Part B premiums and the Part B deductible in 2016
  • July 15, 2015: Employee Thrift Advisory Council letter to the Senate opposing a proposed Highway Trust Fund payfor that would cut interest rate payable to the Thrift Savings Plan’s G Fund
  • July 15, 2015: Federal-Postal Coalition letter to the Senate opposing a proposed Highway Trust Fund payfor that would cut interest rate payable to the Thrift Savings Plan’s G Fund
  • June 9, 2015: Public-sector union letter on Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
  • April 30, 2015: NALC President Fredric Rolando’s letter to Congress regarding Fast Track authority on trade deals
  • April 20, 2015: Federal-Postal Coalition letter to members of the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee
  • March 24, 2015: The Federal-Postal Coalition urge you to oppose H. Con. Res. 27, the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Concurrent Resolution on the Budget
  • March 2, 2015: To rebuild our economy for America’s hardworking families, we ask you to join us in opposition to “fast track” trade promotion authority

Issues and fact sheets

NALC priorities for postal reform

Congress should free to free USPS to fully leverage its networks and lay the groundwork for long-term, sustainable success that serves the evolving needs of its business and residential customers. NALC calls on Congress to focus on a limited set of common-sense solutions that would strengthen the Postal Service and to avoid damaging its capacity to thrive in the 21st century.

Fact sheet

Pre-funding of future retiree health benefits

The U.S. Postal Service has its roots in the United States Constitution. For decades, it has entirely supported itself by the sale of stamps and other postal services—not with taxpayer dollars. The costs associated with the health benefits of USPS’ retirees are also covered by these proceeds. In December 2006, a lame-duck Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), a postal reform measure that included a mandate on the Postal Service to “pre-fund” 75 years’ worth of health benefits for future retirees. Hard-wired into the law without regard to economic conditions was an inflexible payment schedule that required USPS to pay about $5.6 billion per year over a 10-year period. The more than $12 billion in pre-funding payments the Postal Service made from 2007 to 2009 have since helped turn USPS’ healthy income statement a deep shade of red.

Fact Sheet

USPS innovation and growth

With its unmatched infrastructure and reach to every residential and commercial address at least six days a week, there is unique opportunity for USPS to explore new ways of responding to its customers’ continually evolving needs. However, the Postal Service must be freed at least to stay in step with the needs of its customers, if not to move a step or two ahead of them.

Fact Sheet

Six-day delivery (H.Res. 15)

As it has for generations, the U.S. Postal Service provides affordable universal service as directed by the U.S. Constitution. In 1983, Congress first adopted an appropriations rider that required the Postal Service to deliver mail six days a week, a rider that has been included in every appropriations measure since. And for more than three decades, the Postal Service has been trying to find a way to eliminate that requirement.

NALC supports H.Res. 15, which calls on Congress and the Postal Service to take all appropriate steps to continue six-day mail delivery.

Fact Sheet | H.Res. 15 on Congress.gov

Door delivery (H.Res. 28)

Six days a week, nearly 40 million residential and business customers throughout the country receive packages, letters, bills, medications, supplies and more through door delivery, where a letter carrier delivers the item straight to a customer’s door. All of this is part of a unique universal delivery network that is attractive to businesses, evidenced by the fact that the Postal Service is actually operationally profitable.

NALC supports H.Res. 28, calling on Congress to take all appropriate measures to ensure continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.

Fact Sheet | H.Res. 28 on Congress.gov

USPS service standards (H.Res. 31)

Before July 1, 2012, the Postal Service’s standard for First-Class Mail was overnight delivery in most metropolitan areas and rural communities. But since then, USPS has repeatedly degraded its service standards and embraced a doomed strategy of cutting its way to prosperity, which is why it is increasing the expected number of days it takes to deliver various types of mail.

Fact Sheet | H.Res. 31 on Congress.gov

Windfall Elimination Provision & Government Pension Offset

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) rule, enacted in 1983, reduces the Social Security benefits of those who receive an annuity under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and who also earned Social Security benefits from other employment. The Government Pension Offset (GPO) rule, enacted in 1977, reduces or eliminates the Social Security spouse or survivor benefits for which a federal retiree may be eligible based on the Social Security record of his or her spouse.

Since at least the 109th Congress, there are have been many attempts to fashion legislation to address these unfair rules. In the 114th Congress, Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) have introduced the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 973), a bill that calls for repealing these provisions.

Fact Sheet

Vote by mail

In polling places all over the country, time and again, election results are skewed by malfunctioning equipment, human error, and untrained poll workers. Voting through the mail fixes these problems by relying on something Americans trust: the United States Postal Service. Democracy is at its best when every citizen casts a vote. The National Association of Letter Carriers is convinced that mail-in voting could help ensure that every citizen can participate in our nation’s democratic process. 

Do-not-mail registries

Many state legislatures consider passing bills that would create “Do Not Mail” registries to prevent mailers from sending direct mail to those who sign up, just as "Do Not Call" registries prevent homes from receiving calls from telemarketers. However, a "Do Not Mail" registry would be an extremely negative development for letter carriers, mailers and postal patrons alike.

Who we are: Veterans, community leaders, neighbors

The National Association of Letter Carriers represents 277,000 active and retired letter carriers who live or work in virtually every community in America, and serves as the exclusive collectivebargaining representative for the 204,000 active city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service. We are just as dedicated to preserving affordable, high-quality, universal mail and package delivery service for all American businesses and households as we are to defending our members.

But we are so much more than this.

Fact Sheet

The postal connection to ‘free’ trade

So-called “fast track” legislation will allow the the White House to negotiate international free trade agreements in secret and to push them through Congress on a straight up-or-down vote, with no chance to amend them.

If the current White House administration, or a future one, agreed to end the postal monopoly as part of a larger trade deal, USPS’ system of affordable universal service would collapse.

Fact sheet

Congressional calendar, 115th Congress, Session 1

 

House

Senate

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Jan. 16 – Jan. 19

Jan. 16

Presidents’ Day; District working period

Feb. 20 – Feb. 24

Feb. 20 – Feb. 24

District working period

 

Mar. 16 – Mar. 17

District working period

Apr. 10 – Apr. 24

Apr. 10- Apr. 21

District working period

May 29 – Jun. 2

May 29 – Jun. 2

Independence Day; District working period

Jul. 3 – Jul. 7

Jul. 3 – Jul. 7

Labor Day

Jul. 31 – Sep. 4

Jul. 31 – Sep. 4

District working period

Sep. 18 – Sep. 22

Sep. 21 – Sep. 22

Columbus Day

Oct. 9

Oct. 9 – Oct. 13

Veterans’ Day

Nov. 10

Nov. 10

Thanksgiving Day; District working period

Nov. 20 – Nov. 24

Nov. 20 – Nov. 24

District working period

Dec. 18 – Dec. 29

Dec. 18 – Dec. 29

For a combined House and Senate calendar, click here.


Congressional bill tracker

An updated bill tracker for the 115th Congress will be posted soon.

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