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House and Senate Legislation to Repeal USPS Prefunding Requirement Introduced
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 02/04/21

The USPS Fairness Act (HR 695/S145) was introduced this week in the US House and US Senate. The bill repeals the requirement to prefund Postal Service health and retirement benefits as mandated under the PAEA of 2006.

In the House the bill is sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Rep. Colin Alred (D-TX). It has already garnered 223 cosponsors (218 is a majority). Maloney chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee that has jurisdiction over postal legislation, increasing the likelihood the bill will come up for consideration. Maloney was quoted on Monday saying, she is “laser-focused on fixing the Postal Service’s financial problems” and that Congress should quickly pass the bill. Rep. DeFazio said the Biden White House could make that happen, as Biden pledged during his campaign to repeal the mandate.

In the Senate the bill is sponsored by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND). In describing their motivation for the bill Sen. Schatz said, "There is no reason we should be requiring the USPS to pre-fund its future health and retirement benefits.”

Last year, the House passed the USPS Fairness Act by a 309-106 vote. It never received a vote in the Senate.

UPMA believes in repealing the prefunding requirement and continues to fight for reforms that will strengthen the USPS in the long term – while protecting Postmasters and Managers pay and benefits. All postal labor unions expressed their support for the change.



UPMA Issues Will Remain on the Top of the Agenda in a Biden Administration with a New Congress
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 11/12/20
UPMA Issues Will Remain on the Top of the Agenda in a Biden Administration with a New Congress
By Chris McCannell, GrayRobinson consultant to UPMA
 (chris.mccannell@gray-robinson.com)

The 2020 election results are almost in as this story goes to press. Vice President Biden has become President-Elect Biden, winning the so-called “Blue Wall” states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin for the Democrats, and likely Arizona and Georgia as well. All five of these were states President Trump won in 2016. Biden based his campaign on the idea of turning around the states of the Midwest for the Democrats as well as extending his reach into suburban areas with large swaths of disaffected Republicans who were frustrated with President Trump’s leadership style. Wins in Georgia and Arizona seem to affirm his strategy to reach out to disaffected Republicans, and help him enter the White House on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021 with more than 300 electoral votes.


House Democrats, though, finished election day with mixed results. A number of UPMA supporters won re-election and are returning to Congress to continue the fight. These champions include Rep. Gerry Connelly (D-VA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and 2020 Summit attendees Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) and Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX). Unfortunately, several House Democrats who were strong supporters of UPMA and attended the 2020 Summit lost their seats, including Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK) and Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small (D-NM). These losses and others, combined with Democrats at this point winning only one seat formerly held by a Republican, mean a more narrow majority for Speaker Nancy Pelosi when the 117th Congress begins in January.


Several senior Republican supporters of UPMA who faced tough races will be coming back in the next Congress, including Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL). A narrower Democratic majority will make bipartisan consensus even more important, and UPMA hopes that members of Congress on both sides of the aisle will work together next year on comprehensive postal reform.


In the Senate, UPMA’s strongest champion, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), won a come-from-behind victory to be the first woman elected to a fifth term in the United States Senate. Senator Collins has been the lead sponsor of legislation providing the USPS with $25 billion in emergency assistance to help navigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to Senator Collins, Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), co-sponsors of the Collins bill, won competitive re-election campaigns.


Among Senate Democrats, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, won re-election. Senator Peters is a strong friend of federal employees and supporter of UPMA.


Currently Democrats hold 48 Senate seats and Republicans hold 50. Control of the Senate will depend on who wins two Senate run-offs in Georgia scheduled for January 5, 2021. Senior Senator David Perdue (R-GA) was forced into a run-off against Democrat Jon Ossoff because he did not earn more than 50 percent of the votes cast on November 3rd. Junior Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who was appointed to the Senate to fill the seat vacated by Senator Johnny Isakson, is facing Atlanta minister Democrat Raphael Warnock. If the Democrats win both seats on January 5th they will control the Senate majority, with Vice President Harris breaking a 50-50 tie.


The narrow Democratic outcome in the House and the narrow majority for either party in the Senate, along with President Biden in the White House, will make compromise and moderation the keys to getting significant legislation passed. This is important for UPMA’s number one goal of comprehensive postal reform that ensures that the USPS has the right financial and strategic footing to continue to serve all American households and businesses. A Democratic House, a potentially Republican Senate, and President Biden in the White House could provide the right political atmosphere for a wide-ranging compromise to achieve comprehensive postal reform. That is the goal that UPMA is working towards as we begin to lay out our strategy for the new Congress and Administration in 2021.






Bi-partisan Problem Solvers Caucus released a plan that is designed to move the leaders in Congress
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 09/17/20

On September 15, 2020 the Bi-partisan Problem Solvers Caucus released a plan that is designed to move the leaders in Congress to work to develop a COVID relief plan that addresses the needs that this caucus has identified. We wanted to make sure that we shared this information with our members via the website. There are two pieces of information one is the PowerPoint that walks through the caccus’ recommendations and the other lists the members of the caucus.  

Problem Solvers Plan

Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus




Statement from Daniel Heins, National President, United Postmasters and Managers of America
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 09/02/20
September 2, 2020

Statement from Daniel Heins, National President, United Postmasters and Managers of America

“The United Postmasters and Managers of America applaud the recent hearings at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as well as the House Committee on Oversight and Reform with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. We are humbled by the commitment of Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who want to ensure that the USPS works effectively to do its part in carrying out the 2020 election. The Postmaster General made it clear that the USPS is up to the task to carry out this November’s election with prompt and reliable processing and delivery. As Postmasters, Managers and Supervisors, we strongly concur with him that USPS is up to the task and knows the dedication and focus that all USPS workers will bring to ensure that any American who wants to vote by mail can do so with confidence.

The success of the United States Postal Service is essential to every single household and business in the United States that depends on the delivery of everything from bills and payments to packages to greeting cards to lifesaving medications on a timely basis. This responsibility will continue to be crucial to the USPS’s long-standing commitment to the timely and efficient delivery of all the mail that is presented for delivery.

In his short tenure, the Postmaster General has begun some much overdue changes to bring further efficiency to the USPS. While change can be upsetting, particularly in the middle of a major public health crisis and a consequential election, if carried out properly, those changes should have a positive effect on mail delivery.

UPMA strongly supports the additional $25 billion in funding for the USPS to navigate the Covid-19 crisis. The House approved this legislation last week. In the Senate, Senators Collins and Feinstein have sensible legislation to provide $25 billion in support for USPS that has garnered strong bipartisan support. Funding to support the essential work done by the USPS must come in the next Phase IV Covid-19 response package or sooner.

Congressional action is now necessary. UPMA will continue to work with Congress to explain that money alone will not solve the problems the USPS is facing. We must reform to account for falling first-class mail volume, increased parcel volume, outdated facilities, and vehicles that are well beyond their functional life-cycle, requiring replacement. To do this and continue the service commitments to the American people, we have consistently said that Congress needs to pass comprehensive postal reform. Legislation needs to restructure the unfair burden of pre-funding, allow the USPS to have the necessary flexibility in rate-setting, and which would allow for innovation in seeking new revenue channels creating a strategy that ensures that the USPS can thrive in this modern business environment.

UPMA looks forward to working with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to refocus the discussion on passing postal reform legislation to ensure the longevity of this vital American institution.”


Reaching out to Congress to make sure the Postal Service is not left behind in the next COVID-19 bill.
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 05/07/20

UPMA encourages you to reach out to the staff members that you meet with or contacted during the Legislative Summit and get the above information to them. You can either email them the information or call their Washington offices. 

Below you will find the three documents:

The UPMA government relations team and Dan Heins have put together a letter that you can cut and paste as need be.

Letter to your Member of the U.S. House Representative

The next two documents are information about with the Postal Preservation Caucus and the recruitment of more members, especially Republicans and the Caucus letter sent to Congressional Leadership.

Invitation to become a member of the bipartisan Postal Preservation Caucus

Postal Preservation Caucus April 30, 2020 letter to Congressional Leadership



UPMA Letter to Congressional Leadership April 11 2020
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 04/13/20

United Postmasters and Managers of America urges Congressional Leadership to act immediately in the interests of the Postal Service’s 620,000 employees.

Review UPMA Letter to Congressional Leadership April 11 2020



Members of Congress request leadership include $25 billion in direct appropriations and debt relief for USPS in the next stimulus package
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 04/08/20

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, and Leader McCarthy:

We commend your leadership as Congress continues to provide resources and assistance to those negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We are writing to urge you to include in the next legislative vehicle relating to this crisis funding and resources the United States Postal Service needs to survive and maintain operations.

On March 23, 2020, the Chairs of several House Committees introduced H.R. 6379, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, with more than $2.5 trillion to assist the American people. Included in that legislation were several provisions that would have provided the Postal Service with emergency funding crucial to its ability to maintain operations and support its half a million employees. Specifically, H.R. 6379 provided:

• $25 billion in emergency funding;
• The elimination of outstanding debt owed to the Department of the Treasury;
• Authorization to borrow up to $15 billion from the Treasury; and
• Prioritization of the delivery of medical supplies pursuant to the National Emergency declared by President Trump under the Stafford Act on March 13, 2020.

Unfortunately, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act did not include any emergency funding for the Postal Service. Instead, it allowed the Postal Service to borrow up to an additional $10 billion subject to terms agreed to by the Department of the Treasury and the Postal Service.

Read the full letter requesting the next stimulus package to include $25 billion in direct appropriations and debt relief for USPS




Rep. Joe Neguse from Colorado has introduced the Protect Our Post Offices Act in the House
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 04/01/20
Good afternoon!

I wanted to report some good news from Washington, DC. Today Congressman Joe Neguse (Ne-Goose), a Democrat from Colorado, has introduced the Protect Our Post Offices Act in the House. This bill would provide the postal service with emergency supplemental appropriations of $25 billion. Unlike the $10 billion in borrowing authority that was included in the CARES Act last week, this money would not need to be paid back.

There is still much work to be done, but I am working closely with our legislative team to make sure this bill is included in the Phase IV legislation we talked about last night on our telecom. I would encourage all of you to reach out to your Representative and encourage them to support Rep. Neguse’s Protect Our Post Offices Act. You can find email information for your Representative at: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative. There is a sample email text below along with the bill itself.

In the meantime, it is very important that you continue to send updates on PPE shortages and any other operational issues related to the coronavirus to your state chapter president. We are making sure all of your needs are being communicated to the appropriate House and Senate staff as they work to develop the Phase IV legislation.

Thanks,

Daniel M. Heins
National President
United Postmasters and Managers of America




H.R. 6085 introduced in the US House of Representatives.
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 03/06/20

Greetings everyone!

Yesterday Representatives Gerald Connelly of Virginia and Michael Bost of Illinois introduced H.R. 6085 in the US House of Representatives. The bill is entitled “Postal Supervisors and Managers Fairness Act of 2020.”

At the present time UPMA is reviewing this bill and will post further information on the organization’s potential support of the bill at a later time.





House of Representatives Moves Postal Legislation
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 02/06/20


Daniel M. Heins, President of the United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA) released the following statement upon passage of HR 2382, the USPS Fairness Act.

The House of Representatives passed the USPS Fairness Act on a 309 to 106 vote on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. This vote is a strong reminder of Congressional recognition of the challenges imposed by Congress on the operations and budget of the postal service with the passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) in 2006. This legislation is a step in the right direction. UPMA will continue to work hard to advance and advocate meaningful and impactful legislation that can improve the long term viability of the postal service, limit the harmful impact of drastic cuts to services for post office customers and secure a healthy, decent earned retirement for the Postal Service employees who gave years of service to their country and community. We see this legislation as a first step to resolving some of the challenges facing the next Postmaster General. UPMA continues to advocate for measures that will bring meaningful and necessary legislative relief to the United States Postal Service (USPS) and we ask that Congress continue to work in a bipartisan fashion for reforms that yield long-term stability. 

Congresses action today is a start to the legislative process – but there are many steps left and many more issues that must be addressed to truly ensure postal services continue as expected by the American public. 

In the coming weeks, UPMA members will be on Capitol Hill discussing all of the priorities that need Congressional attention. Overwhelming bipartisan support and common-sense solutions are available to Congress. We look forward to a continued dialog that will keep the USPS the most trusted government agency of the American people. 






FERS & CSRS Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2020.
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 10/16/19


FERS & CSRS Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2020.

The Social Security Administration has recently announced its decision for a COLA increase of 1.6% in 2020. This will apply to current FERS and CSRS beneficiaries. The increase goes into effect in January 2020.

This is less than the COLA for 2019 of 2.8% or 2.0% from 2018 for FERS and CSRS beneficiaries. The 1.6% increase is better than the increases from 2016 of 0.0% and 2017 0.3%. 

Beginning in 1975, Social Security started automatic annual cost-of-living allowances. The change was enacted by legislation that ties COLAs to the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). This is meant to mitigate any harm to annuitants as a result of inflation, which would negatively impact the buying power of the annuity. 

Congress continues to work on a pay increase for current federal employees, with current discussions ranging between 3.1% as passed by the House and 2.6% proposed in the Senate. While these changes are not automatically adopted by the United States Postal Service (USPS), the amount given to other federal employees is generally used as the benchmark for changes that may be adopted by the USPS.

 Brian McLaughlin, Founding Partner, Imperium Global Advisors





FERS & CSRS Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2020.
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 10/16/19


FERS & CSRS Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2020.

The Social Security Administration has recently announced its decision for a COLA increase of 1.6% in 2020. This will apply to current FERS and CSRS beneficiaries. The increase goes into effect in January 2020.

This is less than the COLA for 2019 of 2.8% or 2.0% from 2018 for FERS and CSRS beneficiaries. The 1.6% increase is better than the increases from 2016 of 0.0% and 2017 0.3%. 

Beginning in 1975, Social Security started automatic annual cost-of-living allowances. The change was enacted by legislation that ties COLAs to the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). This is meant to mitigate any harm to annuitants as a result of inflation, which would negatively impact the buying power of the annuity. 

Congress continues to work on a pay increase for current federal employees, with current discussions ranging between 3.1% as passed by the House and 2.6% proposed in the Senate. While these changes are not automatically adopted by the United States Postal Service (USPS), the amount given to other federal employees is generally used as the benchmark for changes that may be adopted by the USPS.

 Brian McLaughlin, Founding Partner, Imperium Global Advisors






Postal Reform Talking Points and Key Messages
Posted by Frank Augustosky on 10/09/19

Postal Reform Talking Points and Key MessagesThe Following are Postal Reform Talking Points and Key Messages followed by House and Senate call scripts for use while contacting your US House Representative or US Senators. A draft letter on the importance of Postal Reform and value of the US Postal Service is included. A Word version can be downloaded at the bottom of this article.

Talking Points and Key Messages

Postal Reform is important because it will:

Address the biggest threats to keeping the Postal Service fiscally solvent and fiscally responsible.
Begin to address the mandatory prefunding burden of USPS;
Prevent further post office hour reductions, reclassifications or closures;
Allow the Postal Service to undertake postal product and service innovation;
Promote postal pricing that more accurately reflects the true costs of mail acceptance, processing and delivery;
Enhance a universal, accessible and affordable governmental postal system as called for in the Constitution;
Begin a transition of postal employee retirement health benefits to Medicare with an opt-out option;
Determine an accurate calculation of the USPS’ pension liability;
Reform the USPS governance structure to improve decision making; and
Allow investment in USPS business practices, facilities and vehicles.

CALL SCRIPT





IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT IMPACTS ACTIVE & RETIREES 

Time is running out to get two important congressional bills to the floor for a vote. The first bill I want to discuss is H R 141 the Social Security Fairness Act of 2019 and S 521 the Social Security Fairness Act. Both bills if passed would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The bill was introduced in January by Representative Rodney Davis R-IL and the Senate version was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown D-OH. As of the writing of this article H R141 has 198 cosponsors in the House and S 521 has 32 cosponsors in the Senate. The passage of these bills would almost double the monthly Social Security received for all Federal Employees. We have attempted for many years to get this legislation passed. We have never had this much support. I urge you to go to https://www.house.gov; and find where your Representative stands on these two important bills. If your representative is a cosponsor, thank your representative for their support. If your representative is not a cosponsor of these bills take the time to contact your representative and urge that they cosponsor these two bills. Please do in now, there is not much time left in 2019 to get this injustice, that was done to all federal employees, corrected. 
The second bill I want to bring to your attention is a Postal Reform Bill. H R 2382 USPS Fairness Act. As of the writing of this article this bill has 230 cosponsors. Again, I urge you to go on the House of Representative's website and find out where your representative stands on this issue that is affects all retirees members, all active members and the US Postal Service. Here is some background information on the legislation from the congressmen who wrote H R 2382. 
Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced he recently introduced bipartisan legislation, the USPS Fairness Act, to end the unfair pre-funding mandate for the United States Postal Service (USPS) and solve the most pressing financial problem facing the Postal Service with Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) 
USPS is the only federal agency required to pre-fund decades worth of health benefits for its future retirees. Since 2007, this unfair mandate is responsible for more than 90 percent of USPS’s financial losses and 100 percent of losses over the past six years. 
“We care about the Postal Service’s financial well-being and will continue to use our position in Washington to ensure hardworking postal carriers around the country have health benefits in retirement,” Tom said. “However, this government mandate is unfair. We hope by resolving this issue the USPS will be able to focus on improving their service’s for people without the worry of this long term financial burden hurting their bottom line.” 
“The USPS is a critical resource for Southwest Oregon, especially our rural communities,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “The pre-funding mandate has not only prevented USPS from investing in services, technology and products, but it has also threatened core services that Oregonians rely on, including door-to-door delivery and six-day delivery. This legislation will not only end USPS’s financial crisis but will allow the agency to invest in critical improvements, all while maintaining its commitments to retirees’ health benefits.” 







LEGISLATIVE ISSUES 2019 

Just an update on the Legislative front. UPMA NYS Chapter members have done a great job in gaining support on H R 2382 the USPS Fairness Act. We now have all twenty-seven New York Congressman cosponsoring this very important legislation to both the US Postal Services and retirees. I urge our UPMA NYS members to contact other members from around the country to contact their elected representatives in order to bring this bill to the floor for a vote. It now has 213 cosponsors. Seventy-seven more cosponsors are need to bring the bill to a vote. Again, thank you to all who have reached out to their elected representatives. 
The next bill and one of great importance to all federal retirees is H R 141 the Social Security Fairness Act. As of the writing of this article this bill has 193 cosponsors. New York State needs fifteen more representatives to cosponsor this important bill. The following have not yet signed on as cosponsors and need to be contacted. Chris Collins, Brian Higgins, Joseph Morelle, Tom Reed, Antonio Delgado, Nita Lowery, Jose Serano, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Adriano Espaillat, Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velazquez. We need 97 more cosponsors to bring this bill to the floor for a vote. There is a similar bill in the Senate S 521. We have the Senator Kirsten Gillibrand along with 31 other senators are cosponsors. If passed this bill will correct the injustice done to all federal employees and their spouses who paid into Social Security and have their 40 quarters. Please do not hastate contacting your representative to support H R 141 Social Security Fairness Act. We have waited to long for this Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), Government Pension Offset (GPO), to be corrected. Thank you all in advance for taking the time to help us help 





IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT IMPACTS ACTIVE & RETIREES 

Time is running out to get two important congressional bills to the floor for a vote. The first bill I want to discuss is H R 141 the Social Security Fairness Act of 2019 and S 521 the Social Security Fairness Act. Both bills if passed would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The bill was introduced in January by Representative Rodney Davis R-IL and the Senate version was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown D-OH. As of the writing of this article H R141 has 198 cosponsors in the House and S 521 has 32 cosponsors in the Senate. The passage of these bills would almost double the monthly Social Security received for all Federal Employees. We have attempted for many years to get this legislation passed. We have never had this much support. I urge you to go to https://www.house.gov; and find where your Representative stands on these two important bills. If your representative is a cosponsor, thank your representative for their support. If your representative is not a cosponsor of these bills take the time to contact your representative and urge that they cosponsor these two bills. Please do in now, there is not much time left in 2019 to get this injustice, that was done to all federal employees, corrected. 

The second bill I want to bring to your attention is a Postal Reform Bill. H R 2382 USPS Fairness Act. As of the writing of this article this bill has 230 cosponsors. Again, I urge you to go on the House of Representative's website and find out where your representative stands on this issue that is affects all retirees members, all active members and the US Postal Service. Here is some background information on the legislation from the congressmen who wrote H R 2382.  


Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced he recently introduced bipartisan legislation, the USPS Fairness Act, to end the unfair pre-funding mandate for the United States Postal Service (USPS) and solve the most pressing financial problem facing the Postal Service with Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) USPS is the only federal agency required to pre-fund decades worth of health benefits for its future retirees. Since 2007, this unfair mandate is responsible for more than 90 percent of USPS’s financial losses and 100 percent of losses over the past six years. 
“We care about the Postal Service’s financial well-being and will continue to use our position in Washington to ensure hardworking postal carriers around the country have health benefits in retirement,” Tom said. “However, this government mandate is unfair. We hope by resolving this issue the USPS will be able to focus on improving their service’s for people without the worry of this long term financial burden hurting their bottom line.” 
“The USPS is a critical resource for Southwest Oregon, especially our rural communities,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio. “The pre-funding mandate has not only prevented USPS from investing in services, technology and products, but it has also threatened core services that Oregonians rely on, including door-to-door delivery and six-day delivery. This legislation will not only end USPS’s financial crisis but will allow the agency to invest in critical improvements, all while maintaining its commitments to retirees’ health benefits.” “USPS is the only entity which is mandated to prefund its retirees’ health benefits,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. “This law has put the Postal Service in a horrible financial position which has prevented USPS from investing in services to benefit our community. I’m proud to join my colleagues to introduce this legislation which will allow the postal service to devote resources to critical services its employees deliver to our community.” “Post offices and postal workers are an integral part of the fabric of each of our communities in New Mexico, connecting people regardless of where they live,” said Rep. Xochitl Torres Small. “The pre-funding mandate costs the USPS billions of dollars each year, undercutting the necessary work our postal workers do and threatening the agency’s mission. USPS met retiree health care needs before the pre-funding mandate, and will continue to do so once the mandate is repealed. It is Congress’ duty to level the playing field so the USPS can continue to provide the services we all rely on.” With 230 cosponsors we need an additional 60 cosponsors to get H R 2382 bill to a vote in the house. H R 141 is 92 cosponsors short. Please act today and get the support we need to pass these two bills this year.  



04/01/21

Neal Reintroduces Legislation to Fix Social Security WEP Provision, Improve Public Employees’ Retirement Security

SPRINGFIELD, MA—Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) reintroduced his groundbreaking legislation, the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act of 2021, to fix the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) for future retirees and provide meaningful relief to current WEP retirees. Continue Reading 



02/04/21

House and Senate Legislation to Repeal USPS Prefunding Requirement Introduced

The USPS Fairness Act (HR 695/S145) was introduced this week in the US House and US Senate. The bill repeals the requirement to prefund Postal Service health and retirement benefits Continue Reading