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National Postal Mail Handlers Union A Division of LIUNA (AFL-CIO)

Media Center / Mail Handler Update

February 2019

THE 116TH CONGRESS DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE HOUSE, BUT REPUBLICANS RETAIN THE SENATE

The 116th Congress has now reorganized, with a Democratic majority (235 to 197, with 3 seats vacant) taking over in the U.S. House of Representatives and a Republican majority (53 to 47) remaining in the U.S. Senate. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been re-elected as Speaker, and all committee chairs and staff in the House have been taken over by the Democrats.

With everyone focused on the recent shutdown of the Federal Government and the possibility of others to come, it has been extremely difficult for the new Members of Congress to focus on all of the pending issues. Even then, the House majority will no doubt be expending much of its time on providing oversight, and when necessary, investigating President Trump and his Administration which remains in control of the Executive Branch. Meanwhile, the issues of key concern to mail handlers will also remain on the agenda during the next two years. Of most importance, expected to be on the front burner will be (1) the continuing debate over postal reform legislation; (2) attempts by the Trump Administration and certain Republicans to reduce the costs associated with various benefit programs applicable to federal and postal employees; and (3) efforts by the postal unions and coalition supporters to severely restrict or eliminate any privatization of the Postal Service.

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