By Bob Levi – August 22, 2018
The legislative resolution that proclaims House of Representatives opposition to a White House proposal to privatize the U.S. Postal Service picked up significant support during the August recess. H.Res. 993 expresses “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.” 67 members of Congress added their names to the bipartisan resolution during the recess, bringing the total number of cosponsors to 130. UPMA is providing a link for UPMA members to determine if their Representatives are H.Res. 993 cosponsors. If your member of Congress is not listed, please call his or her office to add the Representative’s name to the resolution. The Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121.
In addition, President Trump’s Task Force on the Postal System was directed to submit its report to the President “not later than 120 days after the date” on which the President signed Executive Order 13829, the Presidential action establishing the Task Force. The deadline was August 10. Thus far, there has been no White House statement relating to the Task Force, whether it was finalized, or if it was even submitted to the President. Nevertheless, there are tentative plans for a September 5 hearing on the Task Force findings before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. It is expected that the hearing would be postponed should the report not be finalized, submitted to the President and made public prior to September 5.