On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed a substitute amendment on H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, favorably out of committee. The bill passed by voice vote. The substitute amendment had minor changes to the legislation. During the markup, five amendments were offered; one by Rep. DeSaulnier (D-CA) and four by Rep. Issa (R-CA). The DeSaulnier amendment passed by voice vote, and would require the Postal Service to notify a Member of Congress 10 days before sending out the public notice of a Post Office closing if that Post Office is located in his or her district. The four Issa amendments were all similar in nature, and sought service cuts if the Postal Service did not meet certain financial benchmarks. One of the amendments attempted to cut a day of delivery if the Postal Service did not achieve a 2 percent growth in net sales. That amendment, including two others that dealt with door delivery, were withdrawn. A final amendment offered by Rep. Issa that would allow the Postal Service to convert door delivery to cluster boxes if the Postal Service did not meet a .001 percent profit in a given year failed by voice vote.
H.R. 756 will now be referred to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee because of the Medicare Integration provision in the bill.
In addition to H.R. 756 passing favorably out of committee, H.R. 760, the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act of 2017, also passed favorably out of committee by voice vote.
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