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USPS Fairness Act passes House

Today, the House of Representatives passed the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) in a 309 to 106 vote. As letter carriers know, this bipartisan bill seeks to end the mandate for the Postal Service to prefund retiree health care decades in advance.

Passage of H.R. 2382 is a tremendous achievement for letter carriers and the broader postal community. This is the first major piece of legislation tackling postal issues that has passed the House of Representatives since the 2006 passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which forced the disastrous prefunding mandate onto our employer. 

“Letter carriers should be proud of their hard work to educate members of Congress and gain their support on this very important issue,” said NALC President Fred Rolando. “House passage is a major victory in the battle to end this disastrous mandate, but our work is not done. We must now turn our attention to the Senate.”

NALC asks letter carriers to please thank their Members of Congress who voted in support of the bill. The roll call vote of yea’s and nay’s may be found here.

Now that the bill has advanced through the House, it will be up to the Senate to take action on S. 2965, the bipartisan companion bill. Letter carriers should be ready to engage and educate their Senators and staff on the need to repeal the prefunding mandate.

NALC will continue to monitor this critical bill’s progression and be sure to keep letter carriers up to date on any movement.