Senate to take up postal reform bill Tuesday

On Thursday, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on Congress to try and avoid cuts to the U.S. Postal Service.

ADVERTISEMENT
Republicans have called for some funding cuts for the service, which would result in closing a number of offices around the country. Democrats, meanwhile, want to restructure the mail service to try and avoid as many cuts as possible.

In late March, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) surprised Democrats by calling on Senate Republicans to vote against a motion to debate the Postal Service legislation. Instead, McConnell wanted the Senate to focus on an oil tax bill, which faced strong Republican opposition. Republicans saw continuing debate on the oil tax legislation as a winning move for them, which is why McConnell called on his colleagues to vote against moving ahead with the Postal Service legislation.