NALC Legislative Update – July 25, 2018
Last week, a group of 10 bipartisan representatives including Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Paul Cook (R-CA), Brian Mast (R-FL), Don Young (R-AK), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced a House Resolution (H. Res. 993) calling on Congress to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Postal Service remain an independent agency of the federal government and not be subject to privatization.
As of today, 48 members have cosponsored the resolution (37 Democrat, 11 Republican). At the end of this week, members of the House will return to their districts for August recess, but before they go, letter carriers must let them know we need their support.
With 435 seats in the House, we need 218 cosponsors to achieve a majority. If we hit that milestone, it will make it all the more unlikely that some in Congress might try to use the legislative process to privatize USPS. With the White House Postal Task Force’s report due no later than August 10, 2018, having a resolution demonstrating that there is not sufficient support in the House for privatization will hopefully deter the Task Force from including the idea especially with the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recent reorganization plan calling for privatization of the Postal Service. Letter carriers have already hit a majority on each of our priority resolutions, including (6-day H. Res. 15; door delivery H. Res. 28; service standards H. Res. 31), let’s do it again!
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, provide your ZIP code to connect to your representative, and ask them to oppose postal privatization by cosponsoring H. Res. 993 or use this link to send a message to your member of Congress now. If your member of Congress is already a cosponsor, please thank them.
Tell them they can sign on by contacting the staff of Rep. Stephen Lynch at 202-225-8273 or emailing James.Conway@mail.house.gov