May 25, 2012
Today, in a memorandum to Republican Members of Congress, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) indicated that he “will be working” to bring H.R. 2309, the Issa-Ross postal bill, to the floor of the House of Representatives between Independence Day and the August summer recess. The summer break is scheduled to begin after the close of business on Friday, August 3.
In his memo, Cantor recognizes that: “Our constituents have been — or soon will be — impacted by the closure and hours of operation changes to U.S. Postal Service facilities across the country.” Nevertheless, the GOP notice lays blame on “yet another government backed entity that cannot meet its financial obligations”. Regrettably, Cantor fails to acknowledge that the inequitable legislatively-required retiree health prefunding requirement and the accumulated pension over-payments have contributed greatly to the USPS’ present situation. Also, Cantor neglects to mention that a viable, bipartisan, consensus postal relief bill is pending before the House. The House received S. 1789 from the Senate, on April 26, at 10:54 AM EDT; the Senate-passed measure is currently being held at the desk of the Clerk of the House.
This past Monday, during a regularly scheduled legislative teleconference, NAPUS Chapter Legislative Chairs discussed the implementation of a June strategy to push for House consideration of S. 1789 and to amend H.R. 2309.