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6-Day Mail Delivery Language Survives Senate Committee

The FY 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill was approved yesterday by the Senate Committee on Appropriations. The bill was approved on a 16-14 vote. The bill contains language that protects 6-day mail delivery:

"The Committee includes provisions in the bill to ensure that mail for overseas voting and mail for the blind continues to be free; that 6-day delivery and rural delivery of mail shall continue without reduction; and that none of the funds provided be used to consolidate or close small rural and other small post offices in fiscal year 2016.”

In addition to the 6-day language, the Appropriations Committee accepted an amendment offered by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) directing the Postal Regulatory Commission and the Postal Service “to work together to expand the methodology to report mail delivery performance to specifically include mail delivery from rural towns to other rural towns; from rural towns to urban areas; and from urban areas to rural towns. The Committee requests this methodology within 60 days of enactment of the Act, with a subsequent report on the data gathered using this methodology to be provided to the Committee no later than March 1, 2016.”

At this time both the House and the Senate have passed their Financial Services and General Governments’ FY2016 appropriations bills with language protecting 6-day mail delivery included. It is unlikely that that any of the Senate’s Appropriations bills get scheduled for floor time as the Senate Democrats plan to block any Appropriations bill from reaching the Senate floor until Congress agrees to lift sequestration caps to increase federal spending. It is also unlikely the House acts on their Appropriations bills as well.

From the National Website 7/15
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