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Legislative Updates

What’s happening this recess?

Members of the House and Senate are currently spending time in their districts during the spring recess. They won’t return to Washington, DC, until April 12—although technically, the Senate isn’t in a recess; Republicans (who have the majority in the Senate) are gaveling in for pro forma sessions, a tactic that, in this case, prevents the president from making recess appointments (say, for example, to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court).

During recess, members of Congress attend events and meet with constituents in their districts. It’s a perfect time for letter carrier activists to meet with them and remind them about important postal resolutions. When members return to Capitol Hill, their agenda wil include a continuation of debate on the Fiscal Year 2017 budget—a measure that includes language that affects the U.S. Postal Service.

Every member of the House is up for re-election this year—as well as and one-third of the Senate—so these men and women will be spending as much time as they can possible in their home districts. Continue to remind them why letter carriers and the Postal Service are important to every community.

To see when your members will be home, look for the Congressional calendar on this page.

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