Cummings: No Dem votes expected for Issa postal plan

House GOP leaders declined to bring Issa’s previous postal bill to the floor, after it passed the committee in 2011. Issa’s latest bill rolls back some of his previous proposals on collective bargaining agreements, and measures that would force USPS to downsize.

Issa’s bill – cosponsored by Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) – did pick up an endorsement on Tuesday from the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, a group that includes FedEx and other groups and businesses that rely on the mail.

The proposal, the group said, “would be a major step toward bringing the Postal Service most, if not all, of the way back to financial stability, while incorporating a number of helpful modernizing reforms.”

“We would like to once again salute your leadership on this legislation. Your incorporation last week of several provisions supported by the minority strengthened the bill, improved its potential for passage, and laid a basis for aspiring to bipartisan support,” the coalition added.

Postal unions have also said that Issa’s bill did not shift far enough, saying it should do more to roll back the prefunding for retiree healthcare that caused roughly two-thirds of the agency’s 2012 losses. Issa and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe also want to only deliver packages on Saturday, an idea that also has its critics.

Cummings, meanwhile, said that lawmakers had a duty to push ahead on postal reform, an issue he expects to get to a House-Senate conference this Congress. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, has said that he wants to release his own bipartisan postal plan soon.

“Some of those differences may be worked out tomorrow,” Cummings said. “Some will be worked out on the floor. And then, hopefully, by the time it gets to conference, we’ll be in a much better position than we are right now.”