SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES MODIFIED VERSION OF S1486 On February 6, 2014, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs met and marked-up S. 1486, the most recent version of so-called postal reform legislation. The bill passed on a bi-partisan vote, with six Democrats and five Republicans voting in the affirmative to move the bill to the full Senate. The bill fails to fix the unfair health care prefunding burden put upon the Postal Service in 2006, fails to fully protect the Postal Service from unjustified service standards or unwarranted closings and consolidations of mail processing plants, and fails to eliminate the potential of five-day delivery. Though it passed the committee, it has a long way to go to get NPMHU support. National President John Hegarty reacted immediately: “This bill is woefully inadequate. All four Postal Unions detailed a plan for meaningful postal reform in a letter to the Senate last week. Unfortunately, that advice was not followed. A bill that we could support should contain protections on service standards and on delivery, and it needs to be fair and equitable to our employees and to all of the American ratepayers who have continued to rely on and support the Postal Service over the past 239 years.” There is no word on when, or if, the full Senate will consider this bill. We will keep you updated as to any new developments.