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House Passes Bill Honoring Jose Hernandez

On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 813, designating the postal facility located at 1050 Sunset Road Southwest in Albuquerque, NM, as the “Jose Hernandez Post Office Building.”

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House Lawmakers Introduce Vaccine Priority Resolution

Today, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced House Resolution 108 (H.Res. 108), which calls on Congress to recognize Postal Service employees as front-line essential workers who must be prioritized for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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House and Senate Oversight Committees Finalized

Every Congress, the House and Senate organize their structure, rules, and committee assignments. While there are numerous Committees, the House Oversight and Reform Committee (COR) and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) are the primary Committees with jurisdiction over federal employees and the Postal Service.

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USPS Fairness Act Reintroduced in House and Senate

This week, the USPS Fairness Act was reintroduced in the House (H.R. 695) and Senate (S. 145). Both bills would repeal the mandate that the Postal Service “pre-fund” decades’ worth of health benefits for its future retirees, enacted through the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006.

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House Reintroduces Anti-Privatization Resolution

Today, Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) reintroduced their resolution calling on the House to take “all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.”

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Service Standards House Resolution Introduced

Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) have reintroduced House Resolution 119 (H. Res. 119), expressing the sense of Congress that the Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore the service standards that were in effect as of July 1, 2012.

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Social Security Fairness Act Reintroduced

Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) have reintroduced the Social Security Fairness Act of 2021 (H.R. 82), which would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) titles of the Social Security Act.

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117th Congress convenes

Today, the House of Representatives and Senate convened the 117th Congress in-person, following months of operating remotely and voting by proxy due to COVID-19.

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Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package Signed Into Law

Following months of failed negotiations between leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the White House, a fourth COVID-19 relief package was signed into law today as a part of the FY 2021 government spending.

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NALC Statement on Presidential Election

On behalf of the National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents 285,000 active and retired letter carriers around the country, we congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory today.

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GOTV Volunteer Opportunities

With nearly 100 million voters having already cast their ballots, turnout – whether by mail or in-person – is expected to be record-setting but there is more work to do to Get Out The Vote. 

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Postal Banking Bill Introduced in Senate

Today, Sens. Sanders (I-VT) and Gillibrand (D-NY) joined forces to introduce a bill (S.4614) to require the Postal Service to expand its banking services to meet the needs of unbanked or underbanked communities nationwide.

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Senate Introduces “Skinny” COVID-19 Relief Bill

In response to mounting pressure from the House to negotiate over additional COVID-19 relief, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act

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NALC endorses Biden-Harris

Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), released the following statement regarding the NALC Executive Council’s endorsement of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for president and vice president of the United States.

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House Passes FSGG Spending Bill, Maintains Six-Day Mail Delivery

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2021 H.R. 7617 (116),  which provides funding to the majority of the federal government through September 30.

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Senate Leadership Unveils New Covid Relief Package, Ignores the Postal Service

Two and a half months after the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions, or “HEROES” Act (H.R. 6800), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week finally announced an outline of the Senate GOP’s response, a $1 trillion relief package called the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act (HEALS Act).

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Week in review June 8-12

As they have across the country, protests continued in Washington DC this week in response to the death of George Floyd and the lack of action from the federal government in addressing existing institutional racism through long-overdue reforms. 

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Week in review June 1-5

Both the House and Senate were in session this week, though the House maintains its new rule for voting by proxy in order to keep the far larger chamber from gathering in person unnecessarily and to maintain social distancing as the number of cases of Coronavirus continue to rise across the country. 

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Senate holds hearing on two Postal BOG nominees

Today, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to consider the nomination of Captain Lee Moak and William Zollars to be members of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors (BOG) in addition to three nominees to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

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Week in review May 18-22

Following House passage of the HEROES Act, negotiations amongst Congressional leadership and the Administration are ongoing.

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Week in review May 11-15

Both chambers were back in Washington DC, but with nearly all attention on the House following the introduction and eventual passage of the fourth major response package to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Week in review April 20-24

Congress was busy working-on and passing an interim legislative package meant to replenish funding already approved in the previous emergency stimulus bill this week and today it was signed into law.

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Week in review April 13-17

Both House and Senate leadership announced this week that they will not reconvene in Washington DC sooner than May 4, two weeks later than the previously scheduled date.

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President Trump is Being Misinformed About the Postal Service

At a time when the heroic workers of the US Postal Service are braving infection to serve the country during an unprecedented national crisis, it is imperative that representatives at all levels of the federal government have a fundamental understanding of the value of the postal service, the cause of and solutions to its current financial circumstances, and the dangers to the US economy and rural health in the event of a USPS insolvency.

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Congress introduces Coronavirus Response Bill

Having passed an emergency $8.3 billion funding package last week, today, House lawmakers introduced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) would provide billions more in funding to combat the spread and impacts of the virus.

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Week in Review (March 2-6)

Lawmakers’ primary attention this week was on the coronavirus with a $8.3 billion emergency package prepared to address it. 

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Week in Review (February 24-28)

Both the House and Senate were in session this week with the majority of legislative focus being paid to President Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget request.

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Week in Review (February 10-14)

Lawmakers were in Washington DC this week and received the President Trump’s upcoming fiscal year 2021 budget request, which features many of the same cuts to pay and benefits for the federal workforce and the U.S. Postal Service. 

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House passes worker-friendly PRO Act

On February 6, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474), legislation that would increase protections for workers’ right to organize and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, safer working conditions, and more.

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USPS Fairness Act vote breakdown

While the full roll call vote on the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) is available here, below you can find lists of the vote breakdown notable to NALC.

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Week in review Jan 27-31

While the Senate continued the impeachment trial this week, the President signed the USMCA into law, but most important to letter carriers, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that the House of Representatives will vote on the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) in the coming days.

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Week in review January 6-10

The House returned to session this week following the winter break while the Senate swore in Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) to fill the seat of Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who retired at the end of 2019. 

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