House goes postal for one day
On Aug. 11, House Oversight and Reform Committee ChairwomanCarolyn Maloney(D-N.Y.) introduced the postal protection bill that was designed to restore Postal Service services and operations to the levels in effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The bill was not subject to committee hearings or a bill markup and report, nor did it have any co-sponsors. At the behest of the Democratic leadership, Rules Committee ChairmanJames McGovern(D-Mass.) called a committee hearing for Friday, Aug. 21, to consider a special rule for the bill. Meantime, aRules Committee Print (116-61)was prepared that tweaked the two-page bill into a five-page measure, including the addition of a $25-billion supplemental appropriation previously requested by the Postal Service board of governors and included in theHEROES Actpassed by the House in May, but still languishing in the Senate.