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Legislative Updates

Legislative Update, 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.

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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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Resolutions update

With 231 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 a majority of voting co-sponsors for each is on track. There’s more great work to do—keep it up!

H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery):
—208 co-sponsors
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H.Res. 28 (door delivery):
—231 co-sponsors
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H.Res. 31 (service standards):
—180 co-sponsors
Click here to find out if your rep is a co-sponsor.

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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.

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