Saturday, August 5, 2017

Congressional Bill Would Raise Postal Rates for Political Parties

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this post.

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (HB 756), would raise Postage Rates for Political Parties that are recognized by the Federal Election Commission as “National Committees” and “State Committees.”

The Bill passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on March 16th, 2017.

It had been introduced on January 31st, 2017, by Congressman Jason Chaffetz [R, U-3rd District].

House Co-Sponsors

Robert A. Brady, [D, PA-1st District]
Gerald E. Connolly, [D, VA-11th District]
Elijah E. Cummings, [D, MD-7th District]
Brenda L. Lawrence, [D, MI-14th District]
Sheila Jackson Lee, [D, TX-18th District]
Stephen F. Lynch, [D, MA-8th District]
Tim Ryan, [D, OH-13th District]
C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, [D, MD-2nd District]
David Scott, [D, GA-13th District]

Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. [R, NY-11th District]
Jeff Fortenberry, [R, NE-1st District]
Mark Meadows, [R, NC-11 District]
Dennis A. Ross, [R, FL-15th District]
Steve Russell, [R, OK-5th District]
Glenn Thompson, [R, PA-5th District]
David Young, [R, IA-3rd District]

The Bill makes many other changes as well.

CLICK HERE to read the three page (pdf) Summary of the Bill’s Provisions.

Ever since 1976, Political Parties have enjoyed the Ability to Send Postal Mail at the Non-Profit Rates.

Originally only the Democratic and Republican Parties could use Non-Profit Rates, but a U.S. District Court Ruling in 1980, Greenburg v Bolger, Expanded that to All Parties recognized as National Committees.

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