Michigan State Association of Letter Carriers
NALC Priority Congressional Bills and Resolutions
As the 117th Congress begins, we must continue to focus on the Bills that are in Washington that affect letter carriers and the Postal Service.
While the Postal Service has more support in the House and Senate and we now have support in the White House. Letter carriers still need to contact their representatives and ask for their support on these bills that affect not only the Postal Service but letter carriers across this country. It does not matter what your political affiliation is or your views, it is about the survival of the Postal Service and the benefits we fought so hard for.
H.Res. 109 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.
Co-sponsors: 108 (88 Democrats – 20 Republicans)
H. Res. 47 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.
Co-sponsors: 145 (129 Democrats –16 Republicans)
H. Res. 114 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.
Co-sponsors: 99 (55 Democrats – 44 Republicans)
H.Res. 119 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore service standards in effect as of July 1, 2012.
Co-sponsors: 72 (59 Democrats – 13 Republicans)
H.Res. 109 (Door Delivery)
H.Res. 47 (Anti-Privatization)
H.Res. 114 (Six day Delivery)
H.Res. 695 (USPS Fairness Act)
H.Res. 82 (Social Security Fairness Act)
H.Res. 119 (Service Standards)
Senate Bill 145 (USPS Fairness)
February 09, 2021
Statement of NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on Postal Service's 2021 Q1 Financial Report
The increased postal revenue and operating profits reflect the essential work and value of the USPS over the past year and counting--the pandemic, election and holiday season. Letter carriers have helped tens of millions of Americans shelter safely at home and even vote from home. Perhaps never in its 245 years has the public post office been more indispensable. The quarterly report also shows the underlying strength of the postal business model while making clear the need for postal reform to address the artificial red ink caused by the 2006 congressional mandate that the USPS--alone among all U.S. companies and agencies--pre-fund future retiree benefits.
White House Releases FY 2022 Budget Request Outline
Apr 09, 2021
The White House released its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) budget outline today. The budget proposal reflects the priorities of the administration but must be reviewed and approved by members of Congress who control the budget and appropriations process. As is customary with presidential first-year budget requests, the current outline lacks certain specifics, and a more detailed budget request is expected later this spring.
Regarding the Postal Service, the outline reiterates the administration’s priority of securing electric vehicles and specifically increasing “demand for American made, zero-emission vehicles through federal procurement.” The budget request includes $600 million for electric vehicles and the development of charging stations for 18 federal agencies and USPS.
Notably, in contrast to presidential budget requests over the past four years that have proposed reducing or eliminating retirement benefits, increasing employees’ share of health benefits, and other changes to Postal Service operations, this first Biden administration budget includes no such cuts.
Overall, the budget outline includes more than $1.5 trillion in discretionary spending for FY 2022. This includes $769 billion in domestic spending, a 16% increase from FY 2021, and $753 billion in defense spending, a 1.7% increase. The proposal focuses on funding medical research, education, housing, combating gun violence and climate change, and more. It focuses these efforts through increased funding to federal agencies including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (15% increase), the Department of Education (41% increase), the Department of Justice (5.3% increase), and others.
Later this spring, the White House will release a more detailed presidential budget request as Congress begins the budget and appropriations process. Check back for future updates.