Senate to take up postal reform bill Tuesday

On Thursday, Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinSupreme Court limps to finish Senate Dems link court fight to Congressional Baseball Game Dems: Immigration decision will 'energize' Hispanic voters MORE (D-Ill.) called on Congress to try and avoid cuts to the U.S. Postal Service.

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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 McConnellMitch McConnellIf 'bipartisanship' is now a dirty word, how about a rebranding? Trump 'absolutely' qualified to be president, GOP rep says This week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess MORE (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.


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