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Legislative Updates

Legislative Update, Sept. 10, 2017

First week back

Congress finished its first week of business after returning from the August recess on Tuesday. Lawmakers came back to a packed schedule, and quickly got to work on three time-sensitive issues: temporary government funding, debt ceiling and Harvey relief.

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House subcommittee holds hearing on international shipments of drugs through mail

The hearing came as Congress is under increased pressure to address the country’s opioid epidemic. During the hearing, the Postal Service testified to seeing a 54 percent increase in inbound international parcels from 2012 to 2016.

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Budget Battle 2017 update

While a continuing resolution will fund the government through Dec. 8, letter carriers know that when spending deals are being made, spending cuts are likely on the table. We must make known our opposition to such cuts.

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CBO releases report on possible changes to federal retirement

Of the reviewed options, three would change the existing pension plan, the Federal Employees Retirement System, while the other two would replace the pension plan with larger employee contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan.

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Resolutions update

With 232 co-sponsors on H.Res. 15 (six-day mail delivery) and 240 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):
—232 co-sponsors
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H.Res. 28 (door delivery):
—240 co-sponsors
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H.Res. 31 (service standards):
—199 co-sponsors
Click here to find out whether your rep is a co-sponsor.

 

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