NAPUS: Senate Finally Ready to Move on Postal Bill

This year’s NAPUS Leadership Conference is being held concurrently with Senate consideration of  S. 1789, the Leiberman-Collins-Carper-Brown postal relief legislation. Consequently, the over 850 NAPUS members attending the Leadership Conference, and who will be on Capitol Hill next week will play a vital role in helping to influence the outcome of the Senate deliberations.

Last Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed two procedural motions that will bring to the Senate floor S. 1789, on Monday.  The motion to proceed to take up S. 1789 was partnered with a preemptive cloture motion on the motion to proceed. Over the past few years, such tandem motions are routine. The effect of the Senate procedure means that the Senate requires a super-majority of 60 votes (not a simple majority) to begin debate on the legislation.  Also, such a vote would overcome a “hold” placed on the bill by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD),  who is concerned about the closure of the Easton, MD mail processing plant. The cloture vote is scheduled for Monday evening, at about 5:30 PM EDT.

Assuming the requisite number of votes is reached, the Senate will begin opening statements on the bill.  After the statements, it appears likely that a number of, or all of  sponsors of  the postal bill will file an amendment to S. 1789, which would address many of the concerns raised by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his allies. (The actual text of the amendment may not be released until Monday).  A vote on his amendment would be the first substantive vote on the legislation.  Moreover, we can expect many of the same amendments that were defeated at the Committee level to be offered on the Senate floor, including an amendment to substitute H.R. 2309 for S. 1789.  In addition, other amendments may be offered.  It is important to remember that Senate procedures promote debate, sometimes protracted debate — unless cloture is invoked. NAPUS will carefully monitor Senate floor activities and ensure that our conference participants will be able to share NAPUS positions on each amendment with their Senators.  It is unclear when votes will take place, although it is reported that the Majority Leader wants to complete Senate action on S. 1789 by the close of business on Friday, the beginning of the two-week Easter Recess period.

On Tuesday morning, NAPUS legislative activists will be addressed by key Senators who were deeply involved in crafting the key amendment, including Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Senator Bernie Sanders. Other Senators and members of the House will also address the Postmasters.

NAPUS: Senate Finally Ready to Move on Postal Bill

11 thoughts on “NAPUS: Senate Finally Ready to Move on Postal Bill

  1. Show us the moolah! I wish they would quit ‘trippin’ and pass the friggin’ bill! Just 25k and I bet a lot of us CSRS people will be gone so fast the door won’t have time to slap us in the backside!


  3. Postal officials said that as a result of the consolidations, approximately 83,000 jobs will be eliminated in the crafts represented by the APWU, including more than 63,800 Clerks, close to 9,000 Maintenance Craft employees, and more than 1,800 Motor Vehicle Craft employees.
    GOOGLE……….U.S. SENATE………Choose your “SENATOR HOME” State. Look for the area in which to write and send your comment.  
    I wrote ” I work for the U.S.P.S. and I do not oppose S1789 in it’s amended form”. This bill offers three types of incentives not to be combined.  
    1. 25,000 cash.  
    2. 2 years added on to your FERS retirement  
    3. 1 year added on to your CSRS retirement.  
    “This announcement makes it all the more important that APWU members reach out to their senators to let them know that S. 1789 as amended,” must be passed now said Guffey.
    Call Your Senators:
    (Capitol Switchboard)
    [Click here for direct #s]
    Tell them you Support 
    S. 1789
    The U.S. Senate soon will likely debate the 21st Century Postal Reform Act (S. 1789), bill designed to ‘save” the U.S. Postal Service by offering Early Retirement Incentives.
    As president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, I understand the budgetary and market challenges facing the USPS.
    S. 1789 should be passed as amended, it will save America’s postal network. Instead of enacting shortsighted, destructive policies, Congress should approve this bill ,S.1789.
    Fredric V. Rolando is the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers
    NAPUS will continue to work with Senate allies to pass S. 1789, and ensure that the measure will garner the requisite votes for passage.

  4. Give our PMG’s shock therapy announcements credit for this sudden (in Senate time) action on saving the USPS. I have no doubt that left on their own, these “up for reelection” pols would have done nada to help us. Now we have a chance for orderly reform…our only chance this year.

    ***** Email your Senators right now. Tell them you are a postal worker and you want them to VOTE YES on the amended S.1789. *****


    (and for those reading this who won’t lift a finger to save the USPS, may God forgive you ’cause there are 550k+ postal families that won’t)

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