Legislation

 

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.

 

May 07, 2021

Statement from NALC President Fredric V. Rolando on Postal Service's FY 2021 Q2 Financial Report

The postal revenue increase over the same quarter last year drives home two points. The first is how much the American people and their businesses rely on the essential work of the Postal Service. During the pandemic, letter carriers have helped tens of millions of Americans shelter safely at home, after helping them vote safely from home. Secondly, the fact that despite the demonstrated strength of the postal business model USPS reported a net loss indicates the urgent 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.