House Votes to Repeal
Postal Service Funding Burden

The House passed a bipartisan bill (HR 2382) that would repeal a 2006 law requiring the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to prefund 100 percent of retiree healthcare costs 75 years in advance, at a rate of nearly $6 billion per year over the first 10 years. No other federal agency is required to fully prefund retiree health benefits. Supporters say the mandate is necessary to avert an eventual taxpayer bailout of the USPS's deepening unfunded healthcare obligations. USPS defenders say the agency is a public service, vital to democracy, that was created by the Constitution not to turn a profit but to bind the country together.

The USPS absorbed $69 billion in net losses between FY 2007-2018, with about 90 percent attributable to the prepayment mandate. In fiscal 2019, the requirement accounted for about half of the service's $8.8 billion in losses.

Floor Debate, Pro & Con:

Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., said the USPS "is the only government entity...mandated to prefund its retirees' health benefits. 100 percent of the Postal Service's financial losses over the past 6 years...are directly due [to] and linked to this requirement. This is an outdated policy which has forced the Postal Service into a horrible financial position [and] prevented it from investing in resources that would benefit all of our communities...."

Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said: "There is already a long history of public retirement accounts that have either dramatically cut retiree benefits or had to rely on a taxpayer bailout as a result of not fully prefunding their plans....This bill moves taxpayers one step closer to a bailout of the USPS, and we should oppose this change on the taxpayers' behalf."

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it has been shelved.

  Yes   No   Not Voting
Republicans 87   105   5
Democrats 222   1   9
Totals 309   106   14
Roll Call #37 02/5/2020

232   Democrats Yea Nay   197   Republicans Yea Nay
Total   222 1   Total   87 105
Adams, Alma NC Y     Amodei, Mark   NV Y  
Aguilar, Pete CA Y     Armstrong, Kelly   ND Y  
Allred, Colin TX Y     Bacon, Don   NE Y  
Axne, Cynthia IA Y     Balderson, Troy   OH Y  
Barragan, Nanette CA Y     Bergman, Jack   MI Y  
Bass, Karen CA Y     Bilirakis, Gus   FL Y  
Beatty, Joyce OH Y     Bishop, Rob   UT Y  
Bera, Ami CA Y     Bost, Mike   IL Y  
Beyer, Donald VA Y     Brooks, Susan   IN Y  
Bishop, Sanford GA Y     Buchanan, Vern   FL Y  
Blumenauer, Earl OR Y     Bucshon, Larry   IN Y  
Blunt Rochester, DE Y     Burchett, Tim   TN Y  
Bonamici, Suzanne OR Y     Calvert, Ken   CA Y  
Boyle, Brendan PA Y     Carter, Earl   GA Y  
Brindisi, Anthony NY Y     Cheney, Liz   WY Y  
Brown, Anthony MD Y     Cole, Tom   OK Y  
Brownley, Julia CA Y     Collins, Doug   GA Y  
Bustos, Cheri IL Y     Cook, Paul   CA Y  
Butterfield, G. NC Y     Davis, Rodney   IL Y  
Carbajal, Salud CA Y     Diaz-Balart, Mario   FL Y  
Cardenas, Tony CA Y     Dunn, Neal   FL Y  
Carson, Andre IN Y     Emmer, Tom   MN Y  
Cartwright, Matt PA Y     Estes, Ron   KS Y  
Case, Ed HI Y     Fitzpatrick, Brian   PA Y  
Casten, Sean IL Y     Fleischmann, Charles   TN Y  
Castor, Kathy FL Y     Fortenberry, Jeff   NE Y  
Castro, Joaquin TX Y     Gianforte, Greg   MT Y  
Chu, Judy CA Y     Gibbs, Bob   OH Y  
Cicilline, David RI Y     Gonzalez, Anthony   OH Y  
Cisneros, Gilbert CA Y     Graves, Sam   MO Y  
Clark, Katherine MA Y     Griffith, H.   VA Y  
Clarke, Yvette NY Y     Hagedorn, Jim   MN Y  
Clay, Wm. MO Y     Hartzler, Vicky   MO Y  
Clyburn, James SC Y     Herrera Beutler,   WA Y  
Cohen, Steve TN Y     Hurd, Will   TX Y  
Connolly, Gerald VA Y     Johnson, Bill   OH Y  
Cooper, Jim TN Y     Joyce, David   OH Y  
Correa, J. CA Y     Katko, John   NY Y  
Costa, Jim CA Y     Kelly, Mike   PA Y  
Courtney, Joe CT Y     King, Steve   IA Y  
Cox, TJ CA Y     King, Peter   NY Y  
Craig, Angie MN Y     Kinzinger, Adam   IL Y  
Crist, Charlie FL Y     LaHood, Darin   IL Y  
Crow, Jason CO Y     LaMalfa, Doug   CA Y  
Cuellar, Henry TX Y     Lucas, Frank   OK Y  
Cunningham, Joe SC Y     Luetkemeyer, Blaine   MO Y  
Davis, Susan CA Y     Marchant, Kenny   TX Y  
Davis, Danny IL Y     Marshall, Roger   KS Y  
Dean, Madeleine PA Y     Mast, Brian   FL Y  
DeFazio, Peter OR Y     McCaul, Michael   TX Y  
DeGette, Diana CO Y     McKinley, David   WV Y  
DeLauro, Rosa CT Y     Miller, Carol   WV Y  
DelBene, Suzan WA Y     Moolenaar, John   MI Y  
Delgado, Antonio NY Y     Mullin, Markwayne   OK Y  
Demings, Val FL Y     Newhouse, Dan   WA Y  
DeSaulnier, Mark CA Y     Nunes, Devin   CA Y  
Deutch, Theodore FL Y     Olson, Pete   TX Y  
Dingell, Debbie MI Y     Reed, Tom   NY Y  
Doggett, Lloyd TX Y     Reschenthaler, Guy   PA Y  
Doyle, Michael PA Y     Riggleman, Denver   VA Y  
Engel, Eliot NY Y     Roby, Martha   AL Y  
Eshoo, Anna CA Y     McMorris Rodgers,   WA Y  
Espaillat, Adriano NY Y     Roe, David   TN Y  
Evans, Dwight PA Y     Rogers, Mike   AL Y  
Finkenauer, Abby IA Y     Rogers, Harold   KY Y  
Fletcher, Lizzie TX Y     Rouzer, David   NC Y  
Frankel, Lois FL Y     Rutherford, John   FL Y  
Fudge, Marcia OH Y     Scott, Austin   GA Y  
Gallego, Ruben AZ Y     Shimkus, John   IL Y  
Garamendi, John CA Y     Simpson, Michael   ID Y  
Garcia, Jesus IL Y     Smith, Adrian   NE Y  
Garcia, Sylvia TX Y     Smith, Christopher   NJ Y  
Golden, Jared ME Y     Stauber, Pete   MN Y  
Gomez, Jimmy CA Y     Stefanik, Elise   NY Y  
Gonzalez, Vicente TX Y     Stivers, Steve   OH Y  
Gottheimer, Josh NJ Y     Thompson, Glenn   PA Y  
Green, Al TX Y     Tipton, Scott   CO Y  
Grijalva, Raul AZ Y     Turner, Michael   OH Y  
Haaland, Debra NM Y     Upton, Fred   MI Y  
Harder, Josh CA Y     Van Drew,   NJ Y  
Hastings, Alcee FL Y     Wagner, Ann   MO Y  
Hayes, Jahana CT Y     Walden, Greg   OR Y  
Heck, Denny WA Y     Waltz, Michael   FL Y  
Higgins, Brian NY Y     Watkins, Steve   KS Y  
Himes, James CT Y     Wilson, Joe   SC Y  
Horn, Kendra OK Y     Young, Don   AK Y  
Horsford, Steven NV Y     Zeldin, Lee   NY Y  
Houlahan, Chrissy PA Y     Abraham, Ralph   LA   N
Hoyer, Steny MD Y     Aderholt, Robert   AL   N
Huffman, Jared CA Y     Allen, Rick   GA   N
Jackson Lee, TX Y     Arrington, Jodey   TX   N
Jayapal, Pramila WA Y     Babin, Brian   TX   N
Jeffries, Hakeem NY Y     Baird, James   IN   N
Johnson, Henry GA Y     Banks, Jim   IN   N
Johnson, Eddie TX Y     Barr, Andy   KY   N
Kaptur, Marcy OH Y     Biggs, Andy   AZ   N
Keating, William MA Y     Bishop, Dan   NC   N
Kelly, Robin IL Y     Brady, Kevin   TX   N
Kennedy, Joseph MA Y     Brooks, Mo   AL   N
Khanna, Ro CA Y     Buck, Ken   CO   N
Kildee, Daniel MI Y     Budd, Ted   NC   N
Kilmer, Derek WA Y     Burgess, Michael   TX   N
Kim, Andy NJ Y     Byrne, Bradley   AL   N
Kind, Ron WI Y     Carter, John   TX   N
Krishnamoorthi, Raja IL Y     Chabot, Steve   OH   N
Kuster, Ann NH Y     Cline, Ben   VA   N
Lamb, Conor PA Y     Cloud, Michael   TX   N
Langevin, James RI Y     Comer, James   KY   N
Larsen, Rick WA Y     Conaway, K.   TX   N
Larson, John CT Y     Crawford, Eric   AR   N
Lawrence, Brenda MI Y     Crenshaw, Dan   TX   N
Lawson, Al, FL Y     Curtis, John   UT   N
Lee, Barbara CA Y     Davidson, Warren   OH   N
Lee, Susie NV Y     DesJarlais, Scott   TN   N
Levin, Mike CA Y     Duncan, Jeff   SC   N
Levin, Andy MI Y     Ferguson, A.   GA   N
Lewis, John GA Y     Flores, Bill   TX   N
Lieu, Ted CA Y     Foxx, Virginia   NC   N
Lipinski, Daniel IL Y     Fulcher, Russ   ID   N
Lofgren, Zoe CA Y     Gaetz, Matt   FL   N
Lowenthal, Alan CA Y     Gallagher, Mike   WI   N
Lowey, Nita NY Y     Gooden, Lance   TX   N
Lujan, Ben NM Y     Gosar, Paul   AZ   N
Luria, Elaine VA Y     Granger, Kay   TX   N
Lynch, Stephen MA Y     Graves, Tom   GA   N
Malinowski, Tom NJ Y     Graves, Garret   LA   N
Maloney, Carolyn NY Y     Green, Mark   TN   N
Maloney, Sean NY Y     Grothman, Glenn   WI   N
Matsui, Doris CA Y     Guest, Michael   MS   N
McAdams, Ben UT Y     Guthrie, Brett   KY   N
McBath, Lucy GA Y     Harris, Andy   MD   N
McCollum, Betty MN Y     Hern, Kevin   OK   N
McEachin, A. VA Y     Hice, Jody   GA   N
McGovern, James MA Y     Higgins, Clay   LA   N
McNerney, Jerry CA Y     Hill, J.   AR   N
Meeks, Gregory NY Y     Holding, George   NC   N
Meng, Grace NY Y     Hollingsworth, Trey   IN   N
Moore, Gwen WI Y     Hudson, Richard   NC   N
Morelle, Joseph NY Y     Huizenga, Bill   MI   N
Moulton, Seth MA Y     Johnson, Mike   LA   N
Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie FL Y     Johnson, Dusty   SD   N
Murphy, Stephanie FL Y     Jordan, Jim   OH   N
Nadler, Jerrold NY Y     Joyce, John   PA   N
Napolitano, Grace CA Y     Keller, Fred   PA   N
Neal, Richard MA Y     Kelly, Trent   MS   N
Neguse, Joe CO Y     Kustoff, David   TN   N
Norcross, Donald NJ Y     Lamborn, Doug   CO   N
O'Halleran, Tom AZ Y     Latta, Robert   OH   N
Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria NY Y     Lesko, Debbie   AZ   N
Omar, Ilhan MN Y     Long, Billy   MO   N
Pallone, Frank, NJ Y     Loudermilk, Barry   GA   N
Panetta, Jimmy CA Y     Massie, Thomas   KY   N
Pappas, Chris NH Y     McCarthy, Kevin   CA   N
Pascrell, Bill, NJ Y     McClintock, Tom   CA   N
Payne, Donald NJ Y     McHenry, Patrick   NC   N
Perlmutter, Ed CO Y     Meadows, Mark   NC   N
Peters, Scott CA Y     Mitchell, Paul   MI   N
Peterson, Collin MN Y     Mooney, Alexander   WV   N
Phillips, Dean MN Y     Murphy, Gregory   NC   N
Pingree, Chellie ME Y     Norman, Ralph   SC   N
Pocan, Mark WI Y     Palazzo, Steven   MS   N
Porter, Katie CA Y     Palmer, Gary   AL   N
Pressley, Ayanna MA Y     Pence, Greg   IN   N
Price, David NC Y     Perry, Scott   PA   N
Quigley, Mike IL Y     Posey, Bill   FL   N
Raskin, Jamie MD Y     Ratcliffe, John   TX   N
Richmond, Cedric LA Y     Rice, Tom   SC   N
Rose, Max NY Y     Rooney, Francis   FL   N
Rouda, Harley CA Y     Rose, John   TN   N
Roybal-Allard, Lucille CA Y     Roy, Chip   TX   N
Ruiz, Raul CA Y     Scalise, Steve   LA   N
Ruppersberger, C. MD Y     Schweikert, David   AZ   N
Rush, Bobby IL Y     Sensenbrenner, F.   WI   N
Ryan, Tim OH Y     Smith, Jason   MO   N
Sanchez, Linda CA Y     Spano, Ross   FL   N
Sarbanes, John MD Y     Steil, Bryan   WI   N
Scanlon, Mary PA Y     Steube, W.   FL   N
Schakowsky, Janice IL Y     Stewart, Chris   UT   N
Schiff, Adam CA Y     Taylor, Van   TX   N
Schneider, Bradley IL Y     Thornberry, Mac   TX   N
Schrader, Kurt OR Y     Timmons, William   SC   N
Schrier, Kim WA Y     Walberg, Tim   MI   N
Scott, Robert VA Y     Walker, Mark   NC   N
Scott, David GA Y     Walorski, Jackie   IN   N
Serrano, Jose NY Y     Weber, Randy   TX   N
Sewell, Terri AL Y     Wenstrup, Brad   OH   N
Shalala, Donna FL Y     Westerman, Bruce   AR   N
Sherman, Brad CA Y     Williams, Roger   TX   N
Sherrill, Mikie NJ Y     Wittman, Robert   VA   N
Sires, Albio NJ Y     Womack, Steve   AR   N
Slotkin, Elissa MI Y     Woodall, Rob   GA   N
Smith, Adam WA Y     Wright, Ron   TX   N
Soto, Darren FL Y     Gohmert, Louie   TX   NV
Spanberger, Abigail VA Y     Meuser, Daniel   PA   NV
Speier, Jackie CA Y     Smucker, Lloyd   PA   NV
Stanton, Greg AZ Y     Webster, Daniel   FL   NV
Stevens, Haley MI Y     Yoho, Ted   FL   NV
Suozzi, Thomas NY Y            
Swalwell, Eric CA Y            
Takano, Mark CA Y            
Thompson, Mike CA Y            
Thompson, Bennie MS Y            
Titus, Dina NV Y            
Tlaib, Rashida MI Y            
Tonko, Paul NY Y            
Torres, Norma CA Y            
Torres Small, NM Y            
Trahan, Lori MA Y            
Trone, David MD Y            
Underwood, Lauren IL Y            
Vargas, Juan CA Y            
Veasey, Marc TX Y            
Velazquez, Nydia NY Y            
Visclosky, Peter IN Y            
Wasserman Schultz, FL Y            
Waters, Maxine CA Y            
Watson Coleman, NJ Y            
Welch, Peter VT Y            
Wexton, Jennifer VA Y            
Wild, Susan PA Y            
Wilson, Frederica FL Y            
Yarmuth, John KY Y            
Amash, Justin MI   N          
Cleaver, Emanuel MO   NV          
Davids, Sharice KS   NV          
Escobar, Veronica TX   NV          
Foster, Bill IL   NV          
Gabbard, Tulsi HI   NV          
Kirkpatrick, Ann AZ   NV          
Loebsack, David IA   NV          
Rice, Kathleen NY   NV          
Vela, Filemon TX   NV          
 
Justin Amash of Michigan, an independent, is listed in the Democratic column.