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