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Legislative Update, 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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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
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H.Res. 28 (door delivery):
—237 co-sponsors
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H.Res. 31 (service standards):
—187 co-sponsors
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