NAPS Chat January 10, 2020

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NAPS Legislative & Political Director Bob Levi hosts NAPS Chat.

January 10, 2020 Episode 59

During this week’s NAPS Chat, Bob discusses NAPS’ legislative, regulatory and political plans for 2nd term of the 116th Congress.

NAPS Chat is a weekly podcast intended to inform NAPS members about the latest legislative and political goings-on within our nation’s capital. Hosted by NAPS Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Bob Levi.

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“USPS Could Privatize As Early As 2020”? Really? (No.)

Fortune features an article with the rather sensational headline “USPS Could Privatize As Early As 2020”. It’s a definite eye-catcher, but most people who have been dealing with the USPS for any length of time will probably react with more of an eye-roll.

Here’s the gist of Fortune’s reasoning leading to a 2020 privatization:

The United States Postal Service shipped more than 13 billion pieces of mail and packages this holiday season. But now that gift-giving has abated, the agency, which falls under President Trump’s jurisdiction, is facing another deadline: find a new Postmaster General by January 2020.

The new leadership will be handpicked and approved by the Postal Service’s Board of Governors: a group of five men (mostly with investment banking and private banking experience), three of whom were appointed by Trump, along with the current Postmaster General and her deputy.

Once the new leadership is in place, the board will also be tasked by the Trump administration with creating a package of large, structural changes intended to help the ailing Postal Service. Those changes will likely include privatizing and selling pieces of the public service off, according to the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), which represents more than 200,000 current and retired postal employees.

And all of that is true.

But it glosses over some pretty significant facts:

  • The USPS doesn’t belong to the Postmaster General, the Board of Governors, or even Donald Trump. Trump can “task” all he wants- but he and his underlings can’t sell what they don’t own. The USPS was established by an Act of Congress. The new PMG and BOG may very well push for privatization- but they don’t have the legal authority to make it happen.
  • Bottom line- privatizing the USPS would require a new Act of Congress. That means that the same House of Representatives that just impeached Trump would have to approve the elimination of a couple hundred thousand union jobs with decent wages and benefits in every state and every House district in the country.

Not likely.

Read the full Fortune article: USPS Could Privatize As Early As 2020 | Fortune

NAPS Chat with PRC Vice Chair Michael Kubayanda

December 6, 2019 Episode 55

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Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Vice Chair Michael Kubayanda joins Legislative & Political Director Bob Levi on the December 6 episode of NAPS Chat.

This week’s NAPS Chat focuses on the newly proposed Postal Rate and Classification System, system that may determine postage rates for the next 5 years. We also discuss the Postal Service’s Universal Service  Obligation. Finally, NAPS Chat provides information relating to postal-related bills and the status of H.R.  2382, legislation to repeal of the USPS retiree health  prefunding requirement, which has surpassed the 290-cosponsor mark.

NAPS Chat is a weekly podcast intended to inform NAPS members about the latest legislative and political goings-on within our nation’s capital. Hosted by NAPS Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Bob Levi.

You can subscribe to NAPS Chat on  apple_podcasts.png iTunes and  spotify.png Spotify.

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NAPS Chat podcast for November 22 2019

NAPS Legal Counsel Bruce Moyer joins Legislative & Political Director Bob Levi on the November 22 episode of NAPS Chat.

Topics: Election of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) as new chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the recent Postal Board of Governors meeting relating to USPS finances, cosponsor update on legislation to repeal requirement to prefund future retiree health benefits, and the status of NAPS’ lawsuit against USPS for failing to comply with the EAS compensation law.

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Congressman Blasts Fake GOP Census Mailers in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District-Demands that U.S. Postal Service investigate

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri today blasted the Republican National Committee and President Trump’s reelection campaign for authorizing and distributing mailers to targeted households in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, and other areas across the country, that are deliberately designed to look like official Census forms, but in fact, are purely partisan fundraising pitches. Continue reading

Arizona Delegation Members Cite Tucson Mail Delays, Urge Updated Data Before Considering Additional Consolidation

WASHINGTON – Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally, alongside Representatives Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), and Greg Stanton (AZ-09) wrote to Congressional leaders about mail delivery delays in Arizona due to the partial consolidation of the Tucson processing center. Continue reading