Aides say Carper tried to “strong-arm” colleagues into attaching his postal reform bill to Cromnibus

From Government Executive:

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and co-author of a committee-passed bill to restructure the cash-strapped USPS, tried to strong-arm members of his own party into adopting the plan, according to Democratic aides. Many Democrats have longstanding issues with the bill, including workforce concerns, a provision to make emergency rate increases permanent and a measure to roll back gun restrictions in postal areas — caused Carper’s last-ditch efforts to fall short.

When the effort to tie postal reform to the spending bill failed, Carper attempted to pass it late last week using a procedural move called unanimous consent, which allows legislation to move quickly so long as no senator objects. However, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., scuttled that strategy by refusing to give her consent.

Read more: How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus – Oversight – GovExec.com.