Government affairs

Budget Battle 2017

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August 17, 2017

With only two weeks left before Congress returns to Washington, DC, it is crucial for letter carriers to stay engaged on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget so we can continue to educate our representatives while they in their home offices for the summer recess.

Prior to the recess, the House of Representatives voted to pass a nearly $790 billion, four-bill security-related appropriations package—a so-called “minibus,” as opposed to an “omnibus” package containing all 12 appropriations bills. Passage of the minibus followed disagreements on how to proceed with an omnibus plan. Now that the minibus has passed, House leaders hope that when representatives return to Capitol Hill, they can hammer out disagreements and push through the remaining eight bills before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

Before they do so, however, they will consider two major budget plans: the White House’s FY2018 budget proposal, released in May, and the House Budget Committee’s FY2018 budget resolution, released in July. Both of these are non-binding policy statements intended to provide blueprints for lawmakers for determining federal spending levels.

These proposal, among others, call for a variety of budget cuts aimed at federal employees, including letter carriers. Among these are:

These budget threats are very real. All letter carriers—as well as family members, friends and neighbors—need to contact representatives in the House and Senate now and through the end of September. Your legislators need to know that their voters object to slashing the incomes of active and retired letter carriers (and all federal employees) and to gutting the services and vital networks of the U.S. Postal Service.

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Town halls

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Call your legislators in Washington now

Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and be ready to provide your ZIP code to get connected with your House representative and with both of your senators.

Say:

“As a voter from [your district/your state], I urge you to oppose any budget resolution or any spending bill that calls for pay and benefit cuts for letter carriers, postal employees and federal employees or that attacks the vital services provided by the Postal Service.”

Mention how such cuts would affect you personally. Explain the potential harm a “yes” vote would mean for you, your family members, your co-workers and USPS.

Also, ask your adult family members, friends and neighbors to call their House member and both senators, as well.

You can look up the district offices of your senators’ and the district office of your House representative and deliver the same message over the phone to staff members there.

To have an even greater impact, also send your message in a letter to the district offices of your House and Senate representatives. Use the links above to find the mailing addresses.

NALC Member App

Follow NALC’s lead on fighting these budget cuts by using the free NALC Member App for Apple and Android smartphones. After you download the app, enter your home ZIP code when asked. Tap “Gov’t Affairs” at the bottom of the screen. Under “My congressional directory” are links to your House and Senate representatives. Tap the “Learn More” link to be connected to your member of Congress’ official web page, where you can locate district office addresses and phone numbers.


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