Senate to take up postal reform bill Tuesday

On Thursday, Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinRetailers have jumped the shark Dems gain upper hand on budget McConnell: Senate could drop flood money from spending bill 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 McConnell9/11 bill is a global blunder that will weaken US efforts abroad States urged to bolster election security How the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill 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.