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Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

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Mr. ISSA. Mr. Chairman, it is my understanding that the Office of Management and Budget submitted a list of proposed anomalies for the pending continuing resolution. Is that correct, and can you tell me the date that the Office of Management and Budget transmitted that list?

Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. The gentleman is correct. OMB did submit a list of proposed anomalies on February 18.

Mr. ISSA. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Can you also tell me if that proposed list of anomalies included any changes to the provisions in current law regarding what is commonly called 6-day delivery and requires a level of service by the Postal Service at the 1983 level?

Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. OMB did not propose any change to the provisions in current law regarding 6-day mail delivery.

Mr. ISSA. I thank the gentleman.

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Mr. ISSA. Mr. Speaker, on February 6, the Postal Service announced a plan to move to a modified 6-day delivery schedule beginning in August. Under this plan, the Postal Service will continue high-quality delivery 6 days a week using its express and priority mail system. This will include packages and mail under that system, and will include vital medicine for our seniors. This change will enable the Postal Service to save $2 billion a year or more.

As the chairman of the authorizing committee, I want to clarify that the authorizing language is consistent with a 6-day delivery provision in the CR under this system announced by the Postmaster on February 6.

Specifically, this provision would not prohibit the Postal Service from implementing this plan of modified 6-day delivery service.

I want to confirm further that the President, himself, had previously called for 5-day delivery. The Postmaster is maintaining 6-day delivery, but using priority and express mail to do so. This is fiscally responsible and consistent with the administration not putting an anomaly into the CR.

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