Legislative

Overview of current USPS Legislation

(Permission gotten from NARFE for information taken from their article)

I have decided to report the current legislation concerning the reforming of the USPS that is before the Congress here in the Bay Breeze instead of at the monthly meetings.  There has been no new legislation to report on.  There are currently five bills before the House and the Senate ready to be voted on.  However, the Republican controlled House and Senate are refusing to let these bills to come to the floor of the respective chambers for an up or down vote.

To help organize the reporting of these legislative bills, I will us the template provided by the January 2016 issue of NARFE.

House Resolution 12:  Expresses the sense of the House that the U.S. Postal Service should take measures to ensure continuation of six-day delivery.  Authored by Sam Graves, R-MO.  The bill currently has 225 co-sponsors.  (218 needed to bring it to the floor of the House.)  Rep. Reid Ribble did not co-sponsor this resolution.  The latest action on this bill has it referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  The national APWU has endorsed this legislation.

House Resolution 54:  Expresses the sense of the House that the U.S. Postal Service should take all measures to restore service standards in effect on July 1, 2012.  Authored by Dave McKinley, R-WV.  The bill currently has 220 co-sponsors.  (218 needed to bring it to the floor of the House.)  Rep. Reid Ribble did not co-sponsor this resolution.  The latest action on this bill has it referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  The national APWU has endorsed this legislation.

House Resolutions 12 and 54:  As resolutions, they will not be sent to the President and, therefore, cannot become law.

House Bill, H.R. 784:  Protect Overnight Delivery Act.  Authored by Rosa DeLauro, D-CT.  The bill currently has 102 co-sponsors.  Rep. Reid Ribble did not co-sponsor this bill.  H. Res. 784 would repeal the service standards implemented by the Postal Service 1/5/2015 and directs the Postal Service to reinstate service standards as of 12/31/2011.  The latest action on this bill has it referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  The national APWU has endorsed this legislation.

Senate Bill, S.B.1742:  Rural Postal Act of 2015.  Authored by Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND.  The bill currently has seven co-sponsors.  Sen. Tammy Baldwin has co-sponsored this bill, Sen. Ron Johnson has not.  S.B. 1742 will return the service standards of the USPS as of July 2012, preserves six-day delivery and puts a two-year moratorium on plant closures.  The latest action on this bill has it referred to the Senate Committee on Home Security and Governmental Affairs.  The national APWU has endorsed this legislation.

Senate Bill, S.B.2051:  The Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency Act of 2015.  Authored by Sen. Thomas Carper, D-DE.  The bill currently has no co-sponsors.  S.B. 2051 requires postal employees and retirees to enroll in Medicare in order to continue receiving their current federal health insurance coverage and cuts workers’ compensation benefits for injured federal employees.  The latest action on this bill has it referred to the Senate Committee on Home Security and Governmental Affairs.  The national APWU has not endorsed this legislation.

Another piece of legislation that will affect some of our members, especially since one of our members just gave birth to a child and another member who is about to give birth is:

House Bill, H.R. 532:  Federal Employee Paid Parental Leave Act.  Authored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY.  Allows federal employees six weeks of paid leave for birth or adoption of a child.  The bill currently has 57 co-sponsors.  Rep. Reid Ribble has not co-sponsored this bill.  The latest action on this bill has it referred to the House Committee on Administration, Oversight and Government Reform.  The APWU has taken no position on this bill.

Senate Bill, S.B. 2033:  Federal Employee Paid Parental Leave Act.  Authored by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-HI.  Allows federal employees six weeks of paid leave for birth or adoption of a child.  The bill currently has two co-sponsors.  Sen. Tammy Baldwin has co-sponsored this bill.  Sen. Ron Johnson has not.  The APWU has taken no position on this bill.

Hopefully, this will make it easy for NEWAL members to email their representatives and senators to express their opinions on legislation that affect them as postal employees.  Members can simply use the Legislative Department on the APWU.org website.  Click on “Departments and Divisions” on the home page.  Cursor down to “Departments” and click on “Legislative and Political.”  Under the heading “Resources” click on “Contact Your Legislators.”  This will give you APWU’s message templates to send a message via email to your member of Congress.  This webpage lets you explore other options as well.

Submitted by Steve Paradise, Vice-president and Legislative Director for NEWAL.

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