As we told you yesterday, the House will do nothing about postal reform this week before taking yet another week long vacation. Why the inaction? Well it seems that Congressman Darrell Issa can’t even get enough Republicans to back his “reform” bill:
House GOP leaders say they want to move Issa’s bill. "The postal service needs more meaningful reform than the Senate bill provides," Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. "They don’t even have enough Republican support," said Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that oversees the postal service. Lynch, a supporter of postal unions that oppose the collective-bargaining changes in Issa’s bill, said Republicans will eventually have to bring up the Senate-passed bill and try to amend it. Not yet ready to concede that necessity, House Republicans appear stalled.
We should note that Lynch’s postal reform bill is co-sponsoed by a bipartisan majority in the House. Issa’s bill has exactly one co-sponsor- his faithful freshman sidekick, Dennis Ross.