On Thursday, Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings Gorsuch: I'm 'sorry' for ruling against autistic student MORE (D-Ill.) called on Congress to try and avoid cuts to the U.S. Postal Service.
In late March, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over healthcare GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support 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.