January 14, 2022
Take Action: Sideline the filibuster to protect voting rights
NALC, the AFL-CIO and local affiliates are contacting senators to ask them to sideline the filibuster in order to protect voting rights.
19 states have passed 34 pieces of legislation that make it harder to vote, including limiting voting by mail, which allowed 54 million voters to vote safely last November. These new laws largely seek to target marginalized voters.
Now, it is up to the Senate to protect Americans’ voting rights. Two bills in the Senate, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (S.4) and the Freedom to Vote Act (S.2747), would protect and expand voting rights. They have not passed in the Senate because of the filibuster, a Senate rule that requires 60 votes to advance legislation. With an evenly divided Senate, passing this legislation will require a rule change to the filibuster.
NALC members are encouraged to contact their senators to sideline the filibuster so that critical voting rights legislation can pass.
Click here for more information on how to can contact your senators and tell them to sideline the filibuster to protect voting rights.
Government affairs 2021
News & updates
December 08, 2021
The Senate unanimously confirmed Michael Kubayanda to serve as a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission.
December 03, 2021
Thursday night, Congress passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government until Feb. 18.
November 19, 2021
Today, President Biden nominated Dan Tangherlini and Derek Kan to serve on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG).
November 09, 2021
On Friday, the House passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), a $1.2 trillion bill that invests in roads, bridges, airports, transit, rail, broadband, electric charging stations, power grid modernization and clean drinking water.
October 29, 2021
House Democratic Leadership released the new framework for the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376), a sweeping social spending and tax package.
October 15, 2021
House members voted 219-206 on a rule (H. Res. 716) that cleared a bill that passed in the Senate last week (S. 1301) to raise the debt limit with an extension that expires on Dec. 3.
October 06, 2021
President Biden announced his intent to renominate Michael Kubayanda to serve as a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).
October 01, 2021
The House and the Senate passed a continuing resolution yesterday to fund the government until December 3.
September 29, 2021
NALC strongly supports the $7 billion in federal funding for the electrification of the Postal Service vehicle fleet that is included in the reconciliation package.
September 15, 2021
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747), a bill to expand voting rights and reduce the influence of big money in politics.
September 09, 2021
On Sept. 9, President Biden issued two executive orders regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
September 03, 2021
Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR) held a markup to consider their committee’s allocations for the recently passed Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 (S. Con. Res. 14).
August 25, 2021
In a party-line vote of 220-212, the House passed the budget resolution yesterday.
August 20, 2021
If you are in the DMV area, you are invited to attend the Fighting for our Vote Rally this Saturday, August 21 from 1-4 p.m. in Lincoln Park in Washington, DC.
August 17, 2021
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) today.
August 11, 2021
In a party-line vote of 50-49, the Senate passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget resolution.
July 16, 2021
NALC members are encouraged to participate in AFL-CIO’s week of action for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on July 17-25.
July 15, 2021
The first payments of the newly expanded Child Tax Credit will be distributed to millions of American families beginning on July 15.
July 15, 2021
Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Tom Cole (R-OK) reintroduced the Federal Retirement Fairness Act (H.R. 4268) today.
June 29, 2021
The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill advanced out of the House Committee on Appropriations today with a vote of 33-24 after a committee markup.
June 24, 2021
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing on the Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act (H.R. 564).
June 23, 2021
In comments filed with the Postal Service on June 22 as part of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s review of the USPS’s proposed changes in service standards for First Class Mail and Periodicals, NALC argued against slowing the delivery of such mail.
June 22, 2021
The Senate approved the nomination of Kiran Ahuja to serve as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
June 03, 2021
Information about the FEHBP and Medicare provisions included in these bills.
May 28, 2021
The Senate approved the nomination of Anton Hajjar to serve on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG).
May 21, 2021
The House and Senate now have identical, bipartisan bills (H.R. 3076 and S. 1720) aimed at bringing financial stability to the Postal Service.
May 19, 2021
Senate Committee Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ranking Member Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act of 2021.
May 13, 2021
The Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 (H.R. 3076), a bipartisan bill that aims to provide financial and operational stability to the Postal Service, was introduced by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) on May 11.
May 13, 2021
The Senate approved the nominations of Amber McReynolds and Ronald Stroman to serve on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG) today.
April 28, 2021
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs (HSGAC) advanced the nominations of Anton Hajjar, Amber McReynolds and Ronald Stroman to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG) and Kiran Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
April 28, 2021
The White House released the American Families Plan, a $1 trillion plan that seeks to increase access to education, provide paid family and medical leave, make health care and childcare more affordable and more.
April 22, 2021
Today, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs held a hearing to consider the nominations of Anton Hajjar, Amber McReynolds and Ronald Stroman to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG), and the nomination of Kiran Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
April 15, 2021
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced The Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act (S. 1158) in the Senate today.
April 09, 2021
The White House released its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) budget outline today.
March 31, 2021
Today, the White House released The American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion, eight-year plan to invest in the nation’s infrastructure.
March 09, 2021
Tonight, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842), which seeks to restore protections that give workers the right to organize and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.
March 08, 2021
The Postal Vehicle Modernization Act (H.R. 1636), which calls on Congress to authorize funding for new electric or zero-emission vehicles for the United States Postal Service fleet, has been reintroduced in the 117th Congress.
March 06, 2021
Today the Senate passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) by a vote of 50-49 following its passage last week in the House of Representatives.
February 28, 2021
This weekend, the House of Representatives passed the “American Rescue Plan Act,” (H.R. 1319) by a vote of 219-212, with two Democrats --Reps. Jared Golden (ME) and Kurt Schraeder (OR) -- and all Republicans opposing.
February 24, 2021
Today, the White House issued a press release announcing its plans to nominate Amber McReynolds, Ron Stroman and Anton Hajjaar to the Postal Board of Governors.
February 25, 2021
House and Senate lawmakers have reintroduced legislation – Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842 and S. 420) that would restore protections under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) giving workers the right to organize and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.
February 24, 2021
Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR) held a hearing to discuss postal reform efforts in the 117th Congress.
February 23, 2021
On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 813, designating the postal facility located at 1050 Sunset Road Southwest in Albuquerque, NM, as the “Jose Hernandez Post Office Building.”
February 09, 2021
House Resolution 109 (H. Res. 109), which calls on Congress to “take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all businesses and residential customers,” has been reintroduced in the 117th Congress.
February 08, 2021
Today, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced House Resolution 108 (H.Res. 108), which calls on Congress to recognize Postal Service employees as front-line essential workers who must be prioritized for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
February 05, 2021
Every Congress, the House and Senate organize their structure, rules, and committee assignments. While there are numerous Committees, the House Oversight and Reform Committee (COR) and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) are the primary Committees with jurisdiction over federal employees and the Postal Service.
February 04, 2021
This week, the USPS Fairness Act was reintroduced in the House (H.R. 695) and Senate (S. 145). Both bills would repeal the mandate that the Postal Service “pre-fund” decades’ worth of health benefits for its future retirees, enacted through the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006.
January 14, 2021
Today, Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) reintroduced their resolution calling on the House to 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.”
January 11, 2021
Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) have reintroduced House Resolution 119 (H. Res. 119), expressing the sense of Congress that the Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to restore the service standards that were in effect as of July 1, 2012.
January 11, 2021
Reps. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) have reintroduced their resolution to preserve six-day mail delivery, House Resolution 114 (H. Res. 114).
January 06, 2021
Two Senate seats previously held by Republicans Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) will change hands in the 117th Congress.
January 04, 2021
Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) have reintroduced the Social Security Fairness Act of 2021 (H.R. 82), which would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) titles of the Social Security Act.
January 03, 2021
Today, the House of Representatives and Senate convened the 117th Congress in-person, following months of operating remotely and voting by proxy due to COVID-19.