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Legislative Updates

Legislative Update, May 6, 2017

House passes the American Healthcare Act

On May 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Healthcare Act, H.R. 1628, almost exclusively along party lines.

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House and Senate clear funding for FY 2017

This week, the House and Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (H.R. 244), which funds government operations through Sept. 30.

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Acosta confirmed as Secretary of Labor

On April 27, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Alexander Acosta as the new Secretary of Labor.

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Thrift Savings Plan bill introduced in Senate

On April 6, the Thrift Savings Plan Modernization Act of 2017 (S. 873) was introduced.

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Overtime rules bill passes House

In a vote largely along party lines, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180).

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Resolutions update

With 224 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 218 co-sponsors for each is on track. There’s more great work to do—keep it up!

H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery):
—194 co-sponsors
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H.Res. 28 (door delivery):
—224 co-sponsors
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H.Res. 31 (service standards):
—166 co-sponsors
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Congressional schedule

The House of Representatives will be out of session until May 16, while the Senate will remain in session. Now is the time to schedule an in-district meeting to keep your House member in the loop on what is important to you as a letter carrier. Is your representative having a town hall? Click here to find out. Has your representative signed on as a co-sponsor of all of our resolutions? Did he or she have questions for you during your last in-district? This is a great time to follow up.

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