12/17/2014 - Before Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, senators and representatives approved a government spending bill that also weakens restrictions on the big banks that crashed the economy in 2008, allows mega-donors to make substantially bigger contributions to political candidates, and reduces pensions for some current retirees.
But Congress fled the capital without addressing urgent postal issues, despite unrelenting efforts by the four postal unions. The unions’ strategy ran on two tracks:
- We sought to include a one-year moratorium on a reduction in service standards and plant closings in a spending bill that Congress had to pass to avoid a government shut-down;
- We also worked to hammer out agreement on a stand-alone postal bill.