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6-day language in House and Senate appropriations bills

On Wednesday, the language mandating six-day mail delivery—intentionally left out of the draft version of the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government’s Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill—was successfully reinserted into the measure that was approved on Wednesday by a voice vote of the full House Appropriations committee.

“This is a clear victory for letter carriers and other supporters of a strong Postal Service,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We’re grateful to Reps. José Serrano (D-NY) and Tom Latham (R-IA) for their bipartisan effort to make sure this language is once again part of this legislation, just as it has been for more than three decades.” (Read more in BloombergBusinessweek, Government Executive and The Des Moines Register.)

Rolando also thanked the hundreds of NALC activists who got in touch with their representatives on the Appropriations Committee and urged them to support the Serrano-Latham amendment.

6-day language already in Senate appropriations bill

On Tuesday, the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved its version of an FY2015 appropriations bill that also includes the language mandating that the Postal Service deliver the mail six days a week. That measure is expected to pass the full Senate Appropriations Committee.

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