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2017 LEGISLATION

 

The United Postmasters and  Managers of America (UPMA) Government Relations Department employs a multi-faceted strategy to advance Postmaster and Postal Manager interests within the halls of Congress, at the White House, in the Postal Regulatory Commission and throughout the nation. Aggressive lobbying combined with grass roots legislative action and vigorous support of the Postmasters and Managers Political Fund (UPMA PAC) further the interests of our nation’s actively employed and retired Postmasters and Postal Managers.

Contact us at (703) 683-9027; fax, (703) 683-0923; blevi@unitedpma.org.

 

 

 

The Postal Service is not irrelevant in today’s diverse communications environment. Not only is the Postal Service still critical to the economy, but—according to its own conservative projections—it is projected to come much closer to break even this year if one does not take into account the multiple prefunding requirements with which it is burdened. These are requirements that no other public sector or private sector firm has to bear. The statement that the Postal Service is losing $25 million daily goes directly to the question of these prefunding requirements rather than to the question of its income covering its operating costs. The Postal Service is at the heart of an $800 billion mailing industry that serves businesses and sustains local economies all across the country. The postal system is alive, well, functioning and critical to those economies, as well as the national economy; but it needs relief from its prefunding burden.

 

The Postal Service has prefunding responsibilities that are unreasonable. When it was taken out of the President’s cabinet 43 years ago, the idea was to eliminate government subsidies to the Postal Service and have it operate on its own revenues. That happened. Today, however, smoke and mirror techniques created by different federal agencies to exploit Postal Service revenues have turned the tables so that there is now a subsidy from the Postal Service to the federal government, and that is the cause of most of the Postal Service’s current challenges.


 

 

 

 

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White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov

This White House website links Postmasters and Postal Mangers to the Office of the President, the entire Executive Branch of the U.S. government  including presidential speeches and press releases. In addition, the site provides access to all federal agencies.

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U.S. Senate

http://www.senate.gov

This website provides Postmasters and Postal Mangers detailed information on Senate operations. It also contains a Senate directory

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U.S. House of Representatives

http://www.house.gov

This website provides Postmasters detailed information on the calendar and operations of the House of Representatives. It also contains a House directory and links to each congressional office.

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Legislative and Congressional Resources

http://www.congress.gov

This portal connects to the Library of Congress website, which provides Postmasters and Postal Managers access to congressional legislation, the Congressional Record, congressional floor schedules and votes.

 

 

 


Legislative Position Papers

Legislation

House Budget Committee to Consider Federal Retirement Cuts

Posted by Bob Levi on 07/18/17
Tomorrow, the House Budget Committee will begin consideration of a budget resolution  drafted by committee chair, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). The proposal would, in part, increase federal and postal employee contributions for the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) and eliminate the supplemental retirement for FERS employees who retiree prior to Social Security eligibility. These two proposals are included in President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget.

As was discussed at UPMA's February Legislative Advocacy Day, one of the most dangerous threats against UPMA member retirement benefits is the congressional budget process -- more specifically, "budget reconciliation." Budget reconciliation is a vehicle buy which the Budget Committee assigns cuts to the committee with jurisdiction over certain federal programs. The House Budget Committee's just-released budget document instructs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the House committee responsible for federal retirement, to come up with $32 billion in budget savings. This amount reflects a 6-year phase-in of a 6% increase in FERS contributions and the elimination of the FERS supplement. The budget document also contemplates the elimination of FERS. It also appears that the budget savings will be used to boost military spending and  fund tax cuts.

UPMA members should contact their members of Congress to oppose the federal and postal retirement hits.

Rep. Gowdy to Chair Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Posted by Bob Levi on 06/08/17
Earlier today, the House Republican Steering Committee selected Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to succeed retiring Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) as chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Chaffetz will be leaving Congress at the end of June.

Rep. Gowdy is serving in his fourth term as a member of the House of Representatives and is a former federal prosecutor. As a prosecutor, he was awarded "the Postal Inspector's Award" for successfully prosecuting  a multiple-felon who robbed two post offices. The incoming chairman gained national attention as chair of the House select committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate, in Benghazi, Libya. Rep. Gowdy currently serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He is also a member of the Judiciary Committee, the Ethics Committee, and the Select Committee on Intelligence. 

 

Congressional Budget Office Projects HR 756 Saves $6 Billion

Posted by Bob Levi on 06/02/17

 

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finally released the projected cost associated with enactment of HR 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017. The CBO determined that the bill would reduce federal spending by $6 billion over the next decade.

On March 16, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved HR 756 by voice vote. The CBO estimate is a prerequisite for a vote by the House of Representatives, and is an essential step for consideration by the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The legislation was referred to these two committees, since a provision in the bill impacts the Medicare program and the panels have jurisdiction over the program.

The major budget effects of HR 756 are as follows: The partial restoration of the exigent postage rate would increase postal revenue by $8.6 billion; the phase-out of door delivery for business mail would save $2 billion; and the creation of a postal health plan within the FEHBP, combined with Medicare integration, would increase spending by $4.5 billion. Consequently, there is a net 10-year savings of $6 billion.

Additional revenue could accrue to the Postal Service as the result of providing services on behalf of state, local and tribal governments, and from changes in the manner that the USPS contracts with private entities. Moreover, modest USPS savings would result from using postal-specific data for calculating certain retirement liabilities.

Medicare integration, a consequential element of HR 756, would result in USPS savings of $4.7 billion. However, since Medicare will become the primary insurer for all Medicare-eligible annuitants, Medicare costs would grow by $10.7 billion -- this includes Medicare Part B coverage and providing the USPS with a prescription drug subsidy. Interestingly, USPS Medicare integration would reduce non-postal FEHBP premiums by $3.3 billion. 

Finally, CBO projects that the financial relief provided by the bill would enable the agency to resume modest investment in infrastructure and operations.

Bipartisan House Goververnment Oversight & Reform Committee Leadership Introduce Postal Relief Bill

Posted by Bob Levi on 01/31/17
Earlier today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings (D-MD) introduced H.R. 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017. The original cosponsors include Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch. The legislation is similar to legislation passed by the committee last year. In part, the bill seeks to provide financial relief to the Post Service and grant it enhanced flexibility.

A link is provided to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee website where the bill text and summary are posted

First Week of Congress and UPMA Legislative Advocacy Day

Posted by Bob Levi on 01/10/17

Last week, the new Congress began to set the framework under which it will operate for 2017 and plowed the political landscape for President-elect Donald Trump. Much of the focus has been cabinet nominees and repealing the Affordable Care Act. However, UPMA is extremely anxious about emerging efforts to undermine the federal and postal workforce and cut earned benefits, and the remaining challenges of enacting essential postal legislation. Postal governance is also a festering concern, since the Senate failed to confirm Postal Board of Governors last year, resulting in the absence of any senate-confirmed governors.

In order that UPMA is at forefront in advancing the interests of Postmasters and postal managers, UPMA has set aside Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28 as UPMA Legislative Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill. Chapter Legislative Chairs and other UPMA activists will be ascending Capitol for an afternoon of intensive legislative training and a full-day of face-to-face communications with their members of Congress and Senators. The Monday afternoon program will begin at 12:45, and the program is presently being developed. The UPMA Legislative Agenda should be available the first week in February.

Inasmuch as UPMA will not be reserving hotel room blocks, it is important that the appropriate chapter officers identify affordable hotels that are either in the vicinity of the Capitol or accessible to public transportation to the Capitol. Accommodations may be identified by use of national hotel websites or, for more affordable lodging, through websites such as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity etc.

 

 

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Legislative Position Papers


     

CONGRESS

US Postal Service National Economic Impact. Click To View Details (Word)

US Postal Service Economic Impact by State. Click To View Details (Word)

Zip file of 2010 US Postal Service Economic Impact Nationally, by State and by district with each state.Click To Download (Zip

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Congressional Information

 

 
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Don’t forget about the Postal Service. Amidst all the polarization spats in Washington, D.C., amidst all the bickering over the last fiscal cliff and the next fiscal cliff, Congress must not forget its fundamental constitutional duty to provide timely and efficient postal services to all communities and all local economies in our country. Businesses, economies, and millions of private sector jobs depend on it. The Postal Service clearly has challenges, but those challenges stem fundamentally from the prefunding requirements, and not from the diversion of mail to electronics. The Postal Service has had in place plans to deal with electronic diversion for years. Just in the last 24 months, it has reduced head count by roughly 60,000 employees, consolidated 70 mail-processing centers, and reduced hours at thousands of post offices across the country.

 

 

 

 

United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA) is now a reality

 

 

The much anticipated wait is over.  United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA) is now a reality.  The long history of the League and NAPUS will always live in purpose and mission through you.  As we embark on this new journey, I encourage you not to look back but forward in building your future by growing your organization in which we all have an invested interest.  When Tony and I began formal talks two years ago concerning this now realized consolidation we both had the same goal in mind to bring the best of both organizations into one.  We feel that this goal has been accomplished and the seeds have been sown.  It is now time for us all to cultivate and grow.  The outcome ultimately depends on everyone as members and the efforts we all put forth.  Your UPMA National Board and office staff are always working for you and we look forward to representing our membership to the best of our ability continuing to strive to make your working environment and jobs the best they can be.

 

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