Dear GCA Members,

As the 115th Congress convenes, expectations are high for a great deal of early activity on major controversial issues ranging from healthcare to tax reform. Postal observers remain hopeful that action on postal reform legislation can pick up where it left off at the end of the last Congress.

Meanwhile, a number of changes in the composition of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have been announced. Senator Carper has stepped down from his position as Ranking Member and will be replaced by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). GCA’s postal affairs representative met with Senator McCaskill’s staff at the end of the year and learned that she intends to pursue Senator Carper’s compromise proposal which will be helpful. There are also four new Committee Members, Republicans John Hoeven from North Dakota and Steve Daines from Montana and Democrats Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire and Kamala Harris from California. GCA representatives will participate in meetings with all of these offices in the near future. We encourage you to follow the latest postal news, available from the USPS and your GCA Postal Affairs Committee and staff team. Together, we will continue to share the benefits of a stable and profitable postal delivery service.