Congress Acts on Meaningful Postal Legislation (Just Kidding)


This week the House of Representatives passed six bills renaming Post Offices.   These ceremonial bills were all passed under suspension of the rules.  Maybe its time for a member of Congress to object to suspension of the rules on each bill that renames of Post Office until the House of Representatives acts on postal reform.  It may not move legislation forward faster, but it would raise public awareness as to the failure of the House of Representatives to act. H.R. 5788 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 103 Center Street West in Eatonville, Washington, as the “National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office” (Sponsored [...] Read more »

House Schedule Ensures At Least One USPS Default This Year


House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor has released the schedule for the last week the House of Representative is in session prior to the August recess. The schedule continues to ignore the need to take actions that would deal with the upcoming defaults by the Postal Service of payments to the Retiree Health Benefit Fund as required under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. Instead the schedule includes votes on four bills associated with commemorative coins. Most other legislation with votes scheduled are either non-controversial or on the schedule as they allow Republican members of Congress to focus press attention on issues that they believe will help either all members of [...] Read more »

Senator Tom Carper Keeps Up the Pressure on USPS Reform

Senator  Tom Carper

In an interview on CNBC television this morning, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) continued to press the House of Representatives to pass a postal reform bill.   After describing the bill that passed the Senate, Senator Carper said he only wanted to make three points: If I can make three points, the House needs to pass the bill so we can go to conference, that would be the first one. The second point was the House needs to pass a bill so we can go to conference and work out a compromise and the third point is the House needs to pass the bill so we can go to conference and work out a [...] Read more »

USPS Reform Appears Pushed Back At Least Another Week

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has released the calendar for the week of July 9th and H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act, is not on the agenda.    As noted previously, the next step for H.R.2309 will come when the House Committee on Rules will meet to consider under what rules debate will occur on the floor and may determine which amendments the House will consider when debating the bill.   It is possible that the Rules committee could meet early this week to allow consideration of H.R. 2309 on what appears to be a vote free day on Wednesday, July 11th.  However, that meeting is unlikely to be held [...] Read more »

July 10th date for USPS Reform Vote in House Could be Delayed

After the previous post on an expected schedule for H.R.2309 was promoted promoted on twitter, Congressman Dennis Ross responded and indicated that the schedule could slip.  @CEP_Observer rough estimate. Nothing is set in stone. — Dennis Ross (@RepDennisRoss) June 30, 2012   Given that July 11th is already scheduled for another debate and vote on repeal of the Affordable Care Act, any delay in dealing with postal reform in the House of Representatives pushes it until either July 12th or the following week.  Delays in bringing H.R. 2309 to a floor vote would indicate that the bill’s managers are finding it difficult to find legislative language that will ensure that 218 Republicans are [...] Read more »

Senator Carper Ups the Ante on USPS Reform

Senator  Tom Carper

Senator Tom Carper (D-De) has upped the ante in the battle between the Senate and the House on postal reform legislation when he launched a new page on his website that includes a clock that counts down to the date that the Postal Service’s current moratorium on facility closures ends. The web page, also calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation aimed at reforming the U.S. Postal Service before a critical deadline of May 15, 2012, the date that the Postal Service has stated that is facility closing moratorium ends. In a statement announcing the new web-page Senator Carper stated: My friends in the House must move [...] Read more »

House of Representatives Losing Post Offices

Today the Postal Service announced that the beginning of a study to close 3653 Post Offices.  Among the list are four on Capital Hill. Capital Station Cannon Station Longworth Station Rayburn Station. For those not familiar with the geography of Capital Hill, the list includes retail stations located in each of the three offices in the House of Representative and one office located on the House side of the Capital next to the flag office. The four Post Offices in the House of Representatives are run by the Postal Service due to the Post Office Scandal of the early 1990′s.  If it turns out that these offices are money losing, [...] Read more »