NALC: Issa Attempting To Remove 6-day Mail Delivery language from Appropriations Bill
UPDATED: 07/13/2011 at 3:15 p.m.
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From NALC eActivist Network:
Today, the Rules Committee in the House of Representatives will make a decision that could determine the fate of six-day mail delivery service.
Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) has requested that the provision preserving six-day delivery be stripped from the Financial Service Appropriations bill. Removing this language would break a bipartisan, 30-year history and tradition of Congress maintaining six-day delivery.
In the 112th Congress, six-day delivery has bipartisan support, as demonstrated by the 171 co-sponsors of H. Res. 137, a sense-of-the-House resolution “that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.” Additionally, on July 7, the six-day rider was reported out of the full Appropriations Committee as part of H.R. 2434 with no objections.
The presidents of the three other postal unions and I have sent a letter to the members of both the Appropriations and Rules committees, saying, in part, that “there will be a loss of 80,000 or more jobs if Saturday delivery is eliminated…tens of millions of businesses and constituents will be disadvantaged by the loss of Saturday delivery.”
The NALC is currently working with the legislative staffs of our friends on the Hill and with NALC activists whose representatives serve on the Rules and Appropriations committees to protect the six-day reliable mail service Americans have come to expect from their letter carriers. I will continue to update you as information becomes available, and I may call on you within the next few days to take action.
Thank you for your continued efforts to protect six-day delivery.
Fredric V. Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers