President Signs Into Law FY 2018 Budget Bill -- No Postal or Benefit Hits

Posted by Bob Levi on 03/26/18
On Friday, March 23, as Congress was leaving the Capitol for its two-week Easter/Passover Recess, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1626, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. This legislation funds the government through the end of the current fiscal year.

UPMA was attentive to any attempts to use this bill to cut postal employee and retiree benefits.The legislation did not include such provisions.

Although the 2,149 page bill included a variety of substantive "policy riders," an attempt to attach postal reform legislation to it was abandoned. However, H.R. 1626, as enacted, includes a number of provisions that relate to the Postal Service. In addition to providing $58 million to reimburse the USPS for mail for the blind and overseas voting, H.R. 1626 provides $94 million for monitoring the illicit importation of opioids though USPS international air mail facilities.The appropriations bill also includes such perennial postal provisions as the prohibition against using appropriated funds to close or consolidate rural and small post offices, and the prohibition of reducing 6-day residential mail delivery.

As mentioned in the Legislative News post of March 23, UPMA is supporting a resurgent effort in the Senate to take up postal reform legislation. S. 2629, the Postal Reform Act of 2018, is pending on the Senate calendar.