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H.R. 5705: Postal Operations To be Unbiased and Sensible (POTUS) Act of 2018

About the bill

There are 30,825 post offices in the U.S., and a longstanding though little-known regulation from the U.S. Postal Service prevents photos of the president or vice president from being displayed at any of them.

Specifically, the rule prevents the display of photos of any elected official, in an effort to seemingly de-politicize the optics of the agency. The rule was created in 1875.

Yet at least one New York post office displayed photos of Barack Obama and Joe Biden in violation of the rule for years, while ...

Sponsor and status

Daniel Donovan Jr.

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 11th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 8, 2018
Length: 2 pages

May 8, 2018


Introduced on May 8, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 8, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


53% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 8, 2018

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H.R. 5705 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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