Senate Post Office Closing Amendment and House Financial Services Appropriations Bill
This week, Sen. John McCain filed an amendment to S. 679, the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011, which would have made it easier for the Postal Service to close Post Offices. Senate Amendment 488 was filed and printed in the Congressional Record; however, Senator McCain did not call the amendment up for consideration. NAPUS Legislative Chairs communicated with their Senators, and urged the Senators to oppose the amendment if it came up for a vote.
On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Financial Services Appropriations bill (does not yet have a bill number), which includes a provision protecting small and rural Post Offices, and 6-day mail delivery. Financial Services Subcommittee Chair Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) managed the bill. During Committee consideration, Rep. Chakah Fattah (D-PA) offered an amendment, which would have enabled the USPS to use its undisputed $6.9 billion Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) overpayment to pay this year’s retiree health pre-funding payment and workers’ compensation system obligation. The amendment was defeated by a party line vote of 21 to 28. NAPUS anticipates that the appropriations bill will come to the floor after the July 4th Recess and it may be an “attractive” vehicle for anti-postal amendments. Consequently, NAPUS Legislative Chairs should remain vigilant.
also see Issa Introduces Postal Bill, Without Widely-Supported Provision via eNAPUS Legislative & Political Bulletin- http://www.napus.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/E8-7.pdf