Government affairs

Legislative Updates

Appropriations season and NALC-supported resolutions

Appropriations season is upon us, meaning Congress is marking up bills to pass the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Three postal-focused resolutions that support invaluable postal services—such as six-day delivery (H.Res. 12), door delivery (H.Res. 28) and service standards (H.Res. 54)—have been co-sponsored by many House members from both political parties. In some cases, members have actually shown support for the resolutions.

NALC’s network of activists is working hard to educate our representatives about why these resolutions continue to be important to customers and businesses across the country. And with Congress already preparing for the August recess, we must keep the pressure on.

The Senate bill that is under construction, S. 2051, is not expected to see any additional activity. However, in the House, lawmakers on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (which has USPS oversight) are working to determine which proposals from S. 2051 that they will incorporate into a House version of the bill.

NALC encourages members and activists to take advantage of the momentum that their fellow letter carriers have worked hard to build by continuing to beat the drum for support on the resolutions. Together, we can help ensure that these important pieces of postal legislation are incorporated into the upcoming budget, and we can help build more support in Congress for other issues important to letter carriers.

Remember, if you reach your House and/or Senate representatives, your individual story could have the greatest chance of influencing them. The closer to home you can make your story, the more likely that lawmakers could be moved.

To learn more about the stages of the budget process, click here.

Find out whether your state’s delegation has signed onto one of the following resolutions. View their fact sheets and talking points below.

H. Res. 12:
To see whether your member has co-sponsored this, click here.
For the fact sheet, click here.
For talking points, click here.

H. Res. 28:
To see whether your member has co-sponsored this, click here.
For the fact sheet, click here.
For talking points, click here.

H. Res. 54:
To see whether your member has co-sponsored this, click here.
For the fact sheet, click here.
For talking points, click here.

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